Heat can take a toll on seniors
Family caregivers should keep a close eye on elderly during heat wave
Nobody likes extreme and prolonged heat, but such conditions can be deadly for seniors.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.
“The elderly are often the most vulnerable to severe heat,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. “Their bodies do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature; they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and they are often on a prescription medicine that impairs the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibits perspiration.”
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