Why Do Elderly People Have More Trouble In Hot Weather?

Extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, becoming more common in summer and high temperatures and hot weather place additional strains on the body and can be a particular problem for elderly people. Seniors, therefore, need to take certain precautions when the mercury rises.

Fairview Adult Day Care Center in Brooklyn NY is well aware of the risk faced by seniors when temperatures rise.  We offer daily blood pressure checks, nursing and medical care, rehabilitation therapies, and free door-to-door transportation. Our goal is to prevent any risks of having heat stroke or other serious conditions caused by hot weather. Our friendly staff tailor client care regimes to seasonal changes in temperature to ensure a safe environment for seniors.

Garden for elderly with umbrellas to avoid hot weather

In this blog we take a look at why hot weather affects elderly people more than the rest of us. Be aware that no two people will have the same medical history, so tailoring client management to individuals is important. What follows is a general overview of the kind of problems hot weather causes for elderly people.

Hot-Weather Related Health Issues In the Elderly

Older people tend to have underlying medical conditions and are more likely to have had recent surgery. They may be on medication that can affect sweating, the mechanism by which the body cools itself. Generally speaking, the elderly are less able to adjust to hot weather, and are more prone to heat stress.

Symptoms of heat-related health issues include swollen feet or ankles, feeling faint, muscle cramps, nausea and headaches. Be aware of such symptoms during hot spells and seek medical advice if you have them.

Being hot for too long can cause hyperthermia, a group of illnesses that can trigger heart trouble. These illnesses include heat cramps, and heat exhaustion which can lead to a rapid pulse and/or profuse sweating.

Heat stroke tends to affect elderly people during hot weather who don’t have air conditioning and have underlying health issues. People with chronic diseases who are not drinking enough water are among those most at risk. Seniors with high blood pressure, blood vessel or sweat gland problems or heart or lung diseases are at risk. Obesity and alcoholism are further risk factors.

Avoid dehydration

In hot weather be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, even if you are not feeling thirsty. Wear light clothing and take plenty of rest, preferably with your feet up to ease pressure on the heart. Elderly people should avoid fizzy drinks, coffee and alcohol when the weather is hot.

Staying hydrated helps the body function optimally and cope with heat. Be aware that certain medications may not be conducive to drinking large amounts of water – so talk to your doctor.

We at Fairview Adult Day Care Center in Brooklyn NY provide health education and promote our clients’ overall wellness. We constantly monitor clients to ensure they are relaxed and safe during hot weather.

Call us today to find out more about our services and medical, recreational and rehabilitation therapies. If you live in Brooklyn NY, come and see our facilities for yourself and ask any questions you may have.