As we move into the dog days of summer, it’s important to keep sun safety in mind. From daily walks or exercise to gardening to socializing outside, there are a number of reasons you or a loved one may be out in the sun this summer. While it’s important to enjoy some summer outdoor activity, it’s equally important to protect yourself from heat stroke. You can certainly start with staying well hydrated, but there’s more to know!
Did you know?
There are many groups of people that are more susceptible to heat stroke and there a number of activities that can exacerbate its onset. Take a look at a few examples we’ve put together below:
Groups Most Sensitive to Heat Stroke
- Seniors over the age of 50
- Older people who live in homes with no air conditioning system or poor airflow
- People who drink little water or drink excessive alcohol
- People suffering from chronic diseases such as heart, lung, or kidney disease
Environmental Factors and Activities That Can Increase the Likelihood of Heat Stroke
- Living in an environment with humidity above 60% as it impedes evaporation
- People living in urban areas during prolonged heat waves and stagnant atmosphere
- People with diabetes because they tend to underestimate their body temperature
- Use of medications such as antihistamines, diet pills, anticonvulsants, and narcotics
Join AmeriCare as we review the signs of heat stroke and what to do if you notice that you or someone else are experiencing symptoms. Check out our article How Seniors Can Prevent Heat Stroke to learn more and stay safe this summer!