it hot enough for you?"
comment might deserve an eye roll, but you might consider
tweaking it to, "Is it too hot for you today?" With
daytime temperatures in the 90s during mid- to late summer and
the heat index even higher on many days, hot days can indeed
be too hot.
make everyone uncomfortable, but for older adults, that
discomfort can also mean danger. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are more prone to
heat stress for at least three reasons. One, as we age, we donít
adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in
temperature. Seniors also are more likely to take prescription
medicines that affect the bodyís ability to control sweat or
the bodyís temperature. And seniors are more likely to have
a chronic medical condition that affects body response to
STAY COOL WHEN ITíS HOT OUT THERE
First of all, make sure you have access to air conditioning.
Donít rely on a fan to do the job. "If your home doesnít
have air conditioning, contact your local health department or
locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area," the CDC
Drink more water than you usually do; donít worry about the
bathroom consequences. And donít wait until youíre
thirsty; just make sure you stay hydrated. If your doctor
doesnít want you drinking past a certain limit on water or
youíre taking water pills, check with your doctor on how
much water you should drink during hot weather.
Avoid using the oven or stove-top if you can. Instead, opt for
refrigerated salads or other cold foods, or foods you can
microwave. Similarly, avoid using your dryer in the heat of
Limit activity on hot days. If you must get outdoor exercise,
go for a short walk early in the morning.
light-colored or loose-fitting clothing to help keep cool.
baths or showers can help.
SIGNS OF HEAT ILLNESS
you recognize the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion?
You might think theyíre the same thing, but heatstroke is
more serious; itís a medical emergency that requires
exhaustion: Nausea or vomiting; heavy sweating; dizziness;
weakness or tiredness; headache; fainting; cold, pale, clammy
skin; muscle cramps and a fast or weak pulse.
do: If you have symptoms of heat exhaustion, move to a cool
place, loosen your clothes, sip water and put cool, wet cloths
on your body or take a cool bath. Seek medical help if youíre
throwing up, your symptoms get worse or they last more than an
hour, the CDC advises.
stroke: Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; confusion;
nausea; fainting; fast, strong pulse; hot, red, dry or damp
skin; headache and dizziness
do: If you have symptoms of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
Move to a cool place and use cool cloths to help bring body
temperature down. Do not drink anything; do not give a person
with heat stroke symptoms anything to drink.