Heatstroke in Seniors is
Symptoms of Heatstroke in Seniors
The main sign of heatstroke is a core body temperature of 104 F or higher. Seniors suffering from heatstroke will also exhibit an altered mental state. They may act confused, delirious, agitated, or irritated. Heatstroke can also lead to slurred speech, seizures, and coma. Other symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flushed skin
- Shallow breathing
- Rapid pulse
The two most significant risk factors for heatstroke are age and exertion in hot weather. After the age of 65, body changes make it more challenging to cope with temperature changes. Also, older adults have a harder time staying hydrated and dehydration increases the risk of heatstroke. Certain medications and health conditions can also increase the risk of heatstroke. Senior Citizens should talk to a doctor about their specific drugs and other health concerns.
If you suspect heatstroke in a Senior Citizen, call 911 right away. Then take immediate action to cool them down. Going into an air conditioned space is best. If you can’t go indoors, get the person to shade. Remove any excess clothing. Place icepacks or wet towels on the head, neck, armpits, and groin.
Of course, prevention is the best medicine. Seniors are at an increased risk for heatstroke and need to take precautions during the hot summer months.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
- Use sunscreen when outdoors.
- Stay hydrated.
- Never wait in a parked car.
- Limit time outside during the hottest parts of the day.
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