In the wake of recent heat waves, seniors are at the highest risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. The risk of heat stroke is particularly high for the elderly with chronic illnesses.
Hyperthermia is a condition of the overheated body that is unable to control its temperature. This is manifested in the form of heat fatigue, heat-related dizziness, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion.
Risk factors of hyperthermia include:
The warning signs of heat stroke include:
If you begin to notice these signs of heat stroke, you should try to cool down as quickly as possible. This means moving to the shade or an air-conditioned area, applying cool compresses to areas like the wrist, armpit, or groin, and drinking water or apple juice.
Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: Heat rash causes, symptoms, and home remedies.