Signs of overheating in the elderly
With temperatures due to reach record highs it’s important to understand the signs of overheating in the elderly.
It’s more difficult for the elderly to stay cool in high temperatures because their bodies are not able to adjust to the heat. Chronic medical conditions and prescription medications can also impair their body’s ability to regulate temperature and even prevent sweating. This could lead to them overheating or suffering with heatstroke. They’re also more likely to become dehydrated, which increases the risks substantially.
Look out for signs of the following and if in doubt call for help.
- Chest pain