The dog days of Summer have arrived for those in the Midwest. The humidity has risen and so have temps. Staying cool can pose a challenge, particularly for those who work outdoors. For the elderly, Summer heat can be downright dangerous. Think about it, older adults often exercise less which means poorer blood circulation and sweat gland functionality. Remember, sweat cools our bodies. Elderly folks have difficulty regulating their body temperature so if it’s hotter than heck, the body temperature could rise above the normal 98.6 degrees, threatening to cause heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke. It is important to learn the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke so you can take action if needed. Heat stroke can be deadly. Prevention is key and proper hydration can help. Stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks because they can reverse the effects of hydration. Everydayhealth has more information about the effects of heat on the elderly.
Stay cool and find other ways to keep your elderly loved ones healthy!