Health Info & Resources for Seniors
. Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
. Drink plenty of water during the day—don’t wait until you are thirsty!
. Outdoor workers should drink between two and four cups of water every hour while working.
. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
. Limit your outdoor activity to mornings and eve¬nings and rest often in the shade.
. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses and an SPF15 or higher sun-screen.
. Check on those who may be more at-risk from high temperatures; such as infants, young children, people 65 or older, and people with chronic medical conditions.
. Never leave your children or pets in a vehicle.
Know the following symptoms of heat stroke, a life-threatening, heat-related illness: An extremely high body temperature; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call for emergency medical attention and move them to a shady area. Cool the person, but do not give the victim any fluids.
Know the following symptoms of heat exhaustion: Heavy sweating; paleness; muscle cramps; tiredness; weakness; dizziness; headache; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. Help the victim cool off and call for medical attention if symp-toms are severe, last for more than one hour, or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.
Keep safe and enjoy the summer.
(PA Dept of Health)