With the nation experiencing some of the hottest temperatures this summer, it is important to know some essential summer safety for seniors. Seniors are more likely to have a chronic health condition that reacts negatively in extreme heat, or take prescription medications that severely impair the ability to regulate their core temperature. As a caregiver for an aging loved one, you will need to make an effort to keep them from overheating in dangerous summer weather. Some of the following tips can help.
In addition, it is vital to recognize the signs of dehydration or heat stroke. The most commonly seen signs of dehydration in seniors are extreme thirst, mental confusion, irritable moods and poor elasticity of the skin. Dehydration can also make seniors more susceptible to dizziness and falls.
Heat strokes are very serious, life-threatening emergencies caused by heat. When an elderly person cannot control their internal temperature, the body temperature rises very quickly. They are unable to sweat and unable to cool down. Seniors could experience a body temperature of 106 or more within less than 15 minutes. A heat stroke can cause death if not treated properly. Some signs of a heat stroke are body temperatures above 103, red and dry skin, bounding pulse, severe headache and nausea. If you suspect your loved one is showing signs of heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.