This Summer is proving to be the hottest one on record, and with most of us having enjoyed one of the hottest days of the year this week, we are all aware that the summer months can be safe and enjoyable for people of all ages, including the elderly and young, if people keep well-hydrated and follow sensible guidelines and practices.
People in advancing years are more prone to heat-related illnesses as their ability to respond to summer heat can become less efficient..
Symptoms to watch out for include a very high body temperature, headaches, nausea, muscle spasms, exhaustion, fatigue, confusion, combativeness, bizarre behaviour, faintness, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, lack of sweating, possible delirium or coma.
If you suspect that someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:
- Move the person out of the sun/warm environment into a cool environment ideally indoors to rest or lie down. (Encourage the person to stay indoors on hot and humid days).
- Provide the person with plenty of fluids avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
- If possible, encourage the person to cool off in water perhaps by taking a shower or bath.
- Contact your local GP surgery for advice if symptoms continue.
Heat stroke is particularly dangerous for elderly people and if you have any concerns you are advised to seek emergency medical attention.