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Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses in Seniors | Executive Care of Toms River

Summer brings more fun and sun, but it also brings some dangers, particularly for older adults.

That’s because older adults are more sensitive to heat-related illnesses, due to a variety of reasons. Seniors often take multiple medications to handle chronic health conditions—and both place them at a higher risk of being unable to handle the sun’s effects.

Different Dangers From Heat

Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, can become a very serious—if not deadly—risk to older individuals:

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

Because there are many other other health-related factors that could boost the risk of hyperthermia, it’s vital you are knowledgeable of them, as it could be a lifesaver. Some factors to note include:

  • Age-related changes such as poor circulation and in-producing sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for low-sodium or salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating due to medications

How to Keep Your Loved One Safe

Keeping your loved one happy and healthy this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge.

There are two sure ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

To do this, make sure your loved one is sipping on water continuously throughout the day. This is important! If you wait to drink until you’re thirsty, you’re likely already dehydrated. If your loved one is on a diet that restricts salt intake, talk with his or her doctor about how fluid is OK.

It’s also important for older adults to spend a good bit of time in the air-conditioned comfort of the indoors, especially during the hottest hours of the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Toms River 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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