Tips for Avoiding Heat Stroke
Hot weather is dangerous and seniors are particularly prone to its heat. Studies have shown that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the US were among people over 65 years of age. There are a few reasons for this. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temp decreases with age, medications may contribute to dehydration, and underlying health conditions are all contributing factors. Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather.
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Wear appropriate clothes
3. Stay indoors during mid-day hours
4. Take it easy
5. Watch the health index
6. Seek air-conditioned environments
7. Know the warning signs of heat-related illness
– Rapid heartbeat
– Chest pains
– Breathing problems
Seek help immediately if you experience any of these signs.