Seniors are high risk for heat-related illness. Be careful to protect yourself this summer

“Summertime, and the living is easy,” with outdoor concerts, fairs, sporting events and no snow. But as the temperatures rise so do the risks for heat-related injuries.

As reported on the CDC website: “To prevent heat related hospitalizations and deaths it is a good idea for elders to be mindful of hot weather safety tips. One reason for the need to be proactive as Geriatrician William Greenbough notes, “Senior’s don’t have as great an ability to sweat as younger people and sweat is how you cool yourself.” An elder’s reduced ability to regulate body temperature can also be exacerbated due to certain prescription medications and some health conditions. The consequences of this temperature instability may impede an individuals self-cooling mechanisms which can impact one’s health particularly in hot conditions.



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