Warmer days can increase seniors’ risk for heat related illnesses. With 40 percent of heat-related deaths occurring in people over the age of 65 or older, recognizing symptoms and seniors’ unique needs can help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The heat can be risky business, especially for seniors.
Body temperature above extreme temperatures.
Seniors are more likely to have health issues that affect their ability to stay cool.
Seniors are more likely to take medicine that can affect how their bodies respond to heat.
People with Alzheimer’s are at a special risk, because they may not recognize thirst or may not dress in breathable fabrics.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaust
- Heavy sweating
- Weakness or fainting
- Cold, clammy skin
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Body temperature above 103°F
- Hot or red skin
- Fast pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
To learn more about how to stay healthy and hydrated this summer or to schedule a visit of our brand new Assisted Living & Memory Care please call (317) 273-9282.