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Helping the elderly avoid heat-related dangers

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:43:17-04

The extreme heat can take a toll on everyone, but specifically, it puts the elderly much more at risk. 

As we age, our ability to properly respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. Older people are at an increased risk of heat-related illnesses including heat stroke, heat edema and heat exhaustion. 

If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness, get the person out of the heat and into a cool place right away and urge them to lie down and drink water. 

"Even people in their 50's, if they have asthma, if they have high blood pressure or they are taking a number of medications need to be cautious about being out in the heat for any prolonged period of time," said Dr. Jane Potter from UNMC.