As we age we must remember the our bodies process heat differently and that Hyperthermia happens when the body fails to regulate heat.
Hyperthermia manifests in many different forms such as: heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and dizziness and even fainting after prolonged heat exposure.
Here are some tips to help you and your care receiver stay cool.
- Be sure you are drinking enough fluids (prevent dehydration)
- Dress in light, loose fitting clothing (cotton fibers are great) Keep sensitive areas covered and use sunscreen
- Avoid crowded spaces
- Be sure to use fans & air conditioning in the home
- Both underweight and overweight people should be watched closely
- There are side effects of certain medication, diuretics and allergy medications can be suspect. Please read the
- Avoid alcohol usage
- Some elders with chronic conditions such as: high blood pressure, lung, and kidney diseases should limit their exposure
to heat & humidity.
- If your home is not air conditioned find a public space that is (Library, movie theater, shopping mall) and make a
- Steer clear of caffeine
If you think someone has experience too much sun/heat please do the following:
- Call 911
- Encourage the person to lie down in a cool or air-conditioned space
- Use cold, wet clothes on their neck, wrists, and forehead
- Offer water or other cold beverage.
Have a happy and safe end of the summer season!