One of the best things about the San Francisco Peninsula is the weather. The winters are never too cold, and summers are never scorchers. But of course, there are still some days when we catch a heat wave. While we anticipate the fall season and the weather becomes cooler, seniors need to be aware of the heat. Hundreds of Americans die every year from extreme temperatures, and a high percentage of those fatalities are seniors.
As the body ages, it becomes less able to physically handle the heat, due to various age-related reasons like poorer circulation. Other risk factors include heart disease and dementia. The Autumn leaves fall soon, but in the meantime, here are some tips to help stay safe in the summer heat.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Being hot is not the only reason why heat can be dangerous. Dehydration is an extremely common occurrence in seniors because a person’s sense of thirst becomes less acute as the body ages, regardless of the temperature. This makes it more likely for seniors to skip drinking water despite being dehydrated. So, when in doubt, reach for a trusty glass of water!
Stay Cool, Be Cool
Sterling Court’s beautiful courtyard can be tempting, but when the weather is too hot, there are plenty of things to do inside the building. Enjoy playing cards with your friends and neighbors, attend a lecture, or listen to the beautiful music during Social Hours. You can also stay in your own lovely apartment and turn on the fan to relax with a nice cold glass of water.
When the temperature’s high, make sure to dress in light, breathable garments – you can always grab a sweater or cardigan if you feel a little cold once the temperature drops.
Beat the Heat
Regardless of the situation, it’s always important to stay educated and informed. The real dangers of high temperatures, especially for the elderly, are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both very serious conditions that can lead to serious injury. Being aware of the symptoms can help you recognize someone who might be suffering from either condition.
Heat exhaustion is typically accompanied by a fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, excessive thirst, confusion, nausea, cool and clammy skin, fainting, muscle aches, and dizziness. If left untreated, heat stroke can quickly develop.
Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, agitation, lack of sweating, red, hot and dry skin, and coma.
If you notice any of these symptoms on yourself or your fellow neighbors, please call for help right away. Sterling Court has a fully trained staff who are all equipped to care for our resident’s health needs.
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