The Dangers of Heat Stroke and Dehydration

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Posted: 8/12/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare
Summer is finally here, and many of us are excited to be spending more time outdoors. While enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, it is important to pay attention to risk factors for heat related illness such as Heat Stroke and Dehydration, especially for seniors. Oftentimes, older adults are affected by the heat more than the rest of us.

There are many factors that contribute to this including…
  • Existing medical conditions that can affect how well our bodies cool themselves down.
  • Certain medications
  • The natural ageing process.
There are many ways to stay safe while enjoying our summer days. One of the most important is to pay attention to issued warnings for severe heat or poor air quality. These alerts are not for someone else, they are in place for a reason. Seniors should find a cool, air-conditioned place to stay until officials say it is safe to go outside. It’s not worth putting your life at risk.

Another important safety measure is to make sure that you stay hydrated. Keep in mind that once you feel thirsty, it may already be too late. It is important to increase your intake of water and other fluids, even if you are not thirsty; they play an important role in keeping your body cool.

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