Caution! Heat & Humidity during the “Dog Days of Summer”

As we age we must remember the our bodies process heat differently and that Hyperthermia happens when the body fails to regulate heat.
Hyperthermia manifests in many different forms such as: heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and dizziness and even fainting after prolonged heat exposure.

Here are some tips to help you and your care receiver stay cool.

  • Be sure you are drinking enough fluids (prevent dehydration)
  • Dress in light, loose fitting clothing (cotton fibers are great) Keep sensitive areas covered and use sunscreen
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Be sure to use fans & air conditioning in the home
  • Both underweight and overweight people should be watched closely
  • There are side effects of certain medication, diuretics and allergy medications can be suspect. Please read the
    precautions carefully.
  • Avoid alcohol usage
  • Some elders with chronic conditions such as: high blood pressure, lung, and kidney diseases should limit their exposure
    to heat & humidity.
  • If your home is not air conditioned find a public space that is (Library, movie theater, shopping mall) and make a
    special visit.
  • Steer clear of caffeine
    If you think someone has experience too much sun/heat please do the following:
  • Call 911
  • Encourage the person to lie down in a cool or air-conditioned space
  • Use cold, wet clothes on their neck, wrists, and forehead
  • Offer water or other cold beverage.

Have a happy and safe end of the summer season!

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