Seniors and heat exposure

Summer 2005 CSANews Issue 55  |  Posted date : May 20, 2007.Back to list

Exposure to extreme temperatures can be deadly for seniors, especially in the summer. It's important for seniors, their families and their caregivers to become familiar with the signs of heat exposure and ways to avoid it in the first place. Here are some tips from the Seniors Canada On-Line website,

  • Dress for the occasion - if temperatures are expected to soar, either stay indoors, or bring an umbrella and hat for sun protection, and wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Make sure movement can be made comfortably.
  • Pay attention to the UV index and smog alerts. Both can affect the amount of sun that filters through to our skin.
  • Avoid over exertion.
  • At the first sign of a high temperature, flushed skin, dilated pupils, delirium or vomiting, it could be a signal of either heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Either way get the person out of the sun and to a doctor for immediate care.

Seniors Canada On-line has all kinds of helpful information for seniors, their families and caregivers, particularly summer safety tips, at

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