Heat stroke can be fatal and the risk of fatal incidents increase with age. In summer when the temperature is extremely high, heat stroke is a serious risk to everyone but most especially the elderly. They are more susceptible considering the fact that older bodies are less sensitive and unable to adjust well to temperature changes. Older people may not readily notice that they are suffering from overheating until they become seriously ill.
Heat stroke occurs when the body overheats to a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is a serious condition that needs urgent treatment. When not treated immediately, it may cause reversible damage to major vital organs such brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. When treatments are even more delayed, it can result to serious complications or even death. For this reason, it is important for senior caregiversto be aware about signs of heatstroke in elderly which are:
- Very high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Hot flushes and no sweating
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
- Heat Exhaustion
In order to prevent this condition caregivers must encourage water intake and urge them to dress for the weather. As much as possible, let them stay indoors where air-conditioning is provided to keep them cool.