It's almost July! Time for fun in the sun, however, it may not be fun for everyone. Older adults are more susceptible to heat stroke.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Older adults are more prone to heat stroke because they are more likely to have a chronic medication condition that changes their body's response to heat and are more likely to be taking medications that impair the body's ability to regulate normal body temperature.
Heat stroke signs include:
- Cool moist skin
- Fast or weak pulse and/or breath
So please take care of yourselves by drinking plenty of water, resting appropriately, remaining indoors during the heat of the day, and wearing lightweight clothing. As agents, we suggest carrying bottles of water with you for your more senior clients as well as being able to recognize the signs of heat stroke. If you are experiencing signs of heat stroke or see someone who is immediately get the person to a shady cool area and cool the person quickly by any means possible at your immediate disposal.