Heat is Dangerous for Elderly

Extremely high temperatures are dangerous for anyone, but senior citizens are at particular risk for developing hyperthermia, or high body temperature. “When the body is not able to regulate its own temperature, elderly people could suffer from sudden dizziness, heat cramps, heat stroke and exhaustion,” says Jay D. Willey, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.

The following are steps seniors should take to avoid becoming ill from the heat:

  1. Stay indoors on hot and humid days.
  2. If you do not have air conditioning in your house, seek a cooler public area, such as a senior center, mall, church, movie theater or library.
  3. Continue to drink fluids.

Willey_Jay“If someone you love may be suffering from a heat-related condition, bring him or her to a cool or air-conditioned area and cool off by using a sponge and cold water,” says Willey.

For more information call 573-331-3996.