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Ways to Protect Seniors from Heat Dangers | Executive Care of Avon Lake

Summertime is here, and that means more opportunities for your aging loved one to spend time outdoors.

While spending time outdoors can have many benefits for seniors, the hot temperatures can prove dangerous quickly.

Why are older adults more susceptible to heat stress? It stems from changes in physiology.

They are unable to adjust as well to the sudden changes in temperature, may have more chronic medical conditions that make it difficult to respond to heat and are more likely to take prescriptions that could hinder the body’s capability to control temperature or sweat.

The Dangers of Heat

Heat-related illnesses encompassed under hyperthermia can pose quite a threat to older individuals.

These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion

There are other health-related factors that can increase the risk of hyperthermia, and knowing them could prove lifesaving. Some of these factors include:

  • Age-related changes to the skin, like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that require salt-restricted diets
  • Being a great deal overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

How to Keep Your Loved One Safe in the Heat

Keeping your loved one safe from the dangers of heat doesn’t have to be a challenging task.

Two of the best ways to help protect your loved one from the heat is to make sure he or she is staying hydrated and cool.

Make sure your loved one is staying in air-conditioning as much as possible and not relying solely on a fan as a cooling source. He or she should limit time outdoors during peak heat times, or between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Older adults should also increase their water intake when spending time out in the heat and not wait until they’re thirsty to drink. Remember, if they have fluid limitations or are on water pills, it is best to speak to a doctor about how much is acceptable to drink.

Summer is a time to be enjoyed by all, and by following these safety tips, your aging loved one should be able to enjoy it as well!

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Avon Lake can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.


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