Jun 4, 2018 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Beating the Summer Heat
The unbearably high temperatures of the summer aren’t pleasant for anyone. They make life sweaty, uncomfortable and exhausting. These hot summer days can even prove dangerous and even life-threatening. In fact, more Americans die from heat stroke than all other natural disasters combined.
The older you are the more likely heat stroke or heat exhaustion is to impact you. Older people’s bodies do not adapt to change in temperature as easily as younger people’s. Therefore, it is imperative that you or a reliable caregiver seek in-home care, like Comfort Keepers, check on older loved ones throughout the summer. It is especially crucial to check in on those who live without the benefit of air conditioning. In New York City alone, 80% of heat stroke-related deaths happened in homes without air conditioning.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke or Exhaustion
It is also vital to remain vigilant about the signs of heat stroke, which may seem dismissable or unapparent at first. These signs include but are not limited to dizziness, faintness, nausea and cramps in the arms and legs. A fast, weak pulse and high body temperature, usually above 103 degrees, are also indicative of a heat stroke. Such a body temperature can prove fatal or permanently harmful to the brain, as well as other organs.
Again, these symptoms of heat-related illness often go unnoticed or are minimized, so it is essential to take note of any that may apply.
Preventing Heat-Related Illness
In addition to paying close attention to the possible symptoms and signs of heat-related illness, other precautionary steps can be taken:
Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Places Without Air Conditioning or Power
How Comfort Keepers Can Keep You Cool
Worry about heat related illness can be a huge damper on summer, a time meant to be enjoyable. However, this worry can be alleviated with the help of reliable senior care, more specifically Comfort Keepers. In the comfort of your own living room or backyard, our reliable in-home caregivers can make sure you’re enjoying the summer without falling prey to the heat. They truly want you to be safe and happy living your own life. For any assistance or any questions, feel free to call 732-369-3639!