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Hyperthermia and Heat Exposure: Understanding the Symptoms and Risks for Seniors

Why Are Seniors Susceptible to Hyperthermia and Heat Exhaustion?

It’s no surprise that the elderly (ages 65 and over) are more susceptible to heat stress than younger people. The reason is simple. Elderly people cannot adjust to sudden changes in temperatures the same way younger individuals can. When exposed to extreme heat, it’s very important for seniors to quickly find relief to prevent any major issues. 

Hyperthermia and Heat Illnesses

Hyperthermia comes in many different forms, all posing dangerous risks to the elderly. The most common illnesses that can occur include:

Heat Stroke and Exhaustion Risk Factors

While all seniors are susceptible to hyperthermia from heat exposure, there are some risk factors that can exacerbate symptoms.

These risk factors for seniors include:

If avoiding the heat for short periods of time is not an option, there are steps seniors can take to reduce their risk of falling victim to hyperthermia or any related illnesses. Staying hydrated is always important, but is especially critical when exposed to high temperatures. Dress for the weather and wear clothes that allow for proper air circulation. If possible, avoid exercise when temperatures are higher than what is comfortable outside. And most importantly, have a place in mind to get cool when any symptoms of heat exposure occur.

Offering Support for Seniors at McGregor PACE

Navigating health issues can be more difficult as you age. If you are 55 or older, consider finding support through the many services we offer at McGregor PACE.

Contact us today or call 216.791.3580 to learn more about our offerings for seniors.