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Heat Stroke in Seniors

Jun 18, 2018 by Comfort Keepers

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Heat stroke in senior’s prevention tips from elder care services in Fort Myers, FL from Comfort Keepers

The summer is coming, and we need to talk about heat stroke in seniors. This is an issue people need to be aware of, as it can cause serious damage to the senior’s brain and other organs. In the worst-case scenario, a heat stroke can result in death.  

Heat stroke occurs when the body reaches the temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (or higher). The average high temperature in some parts of Florida is about 90 degrees in the hottest summer months, July and August. As seniors’ bodies aren’t usually very good at thermoregulation, their body temperature can easily go over 104 °F if they stay for too long in the sun.

Prevention is the key when it comes to heat strokes. Here are some things that will prevent a heath stroke happening to your senior loved one:

  • keeping their home cool, using an air conditioner
  • checking whether their medications interact with heat
  • ensuring they wear large hats and loose clothes when going out
  • preventing them from making intense physical efforts when the weather is hot
  • ensuring they stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day

Unfortunately, even if the seniors follow all of these tips, they might end up suffering from a heat stroke. But, even if that happens, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to help them. Here are some things you should do as soon as you spot that a senior is having a heat stroke:

  • Encourage them to drink water
  • Apply cold water on their face
  • Help them to move to shade
  • If possible, help them get into an air-conditioned room

These things should help if the heat stroke wasn’t too severe. But, this doesn’t mean that they’re going to be completely fine. There’s always risk that the heat stroke has caused some more serious problems. To be 100% sure that all is fine with the senior, it’s best to call 911.

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