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Avoiding heat stroke/exhaustion

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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The Wisconsin summer has finally arrived! With it getting warmer and warmer, more senior citizens find themselves going outside and enjoying their favorite hobbies such as gardening or taking strolls around the park. But, did you know that seniors are also more susceptible to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, according to the Center for Disease Control? That’s because it becomes harder to sense temperature change as you age. Here are a few tips for avoiding heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay hydrated! This means bringing a sports drink or water with you wherever you go, and making sure to drink it at regular intervals—whether or not you feel thirsty.
  • Be a good neighbor. Give your fellow senior citizens a call when the heat gets really bad, to make sure they’re feeling alright. Ask them to do the same for you.
  • Stay cool! If air conditioning just isn’t in your budget, head out to the library or senior center during the highest point of the temperature enjoy the controlled environments.
  • Cover up your windows, even if it is pleasant and sunny. Blocking out the sun’s rays with drapes or curtains can keep your living space much cooler in the summer.
  • Be aware of the signs of heat stroke: this includes headaches, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, fainting and rapid heartbeat. If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.
  • Wear lightweight clothes that are also light in color.

In spite of the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, it’s still worth it to get outside in the summer. The extra activities that can be done outside can do wonders for your health. Here at Bellin Health, we carry a number of products that can help you get out and about in the nicer weather, including walkers and rollators, scooters and canes.

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