Comfort Life - Your guide to retirement & care

3 Tips to Avoid Heat Stroke

I spoke with Steve Barlam, CPO and co-founder of LivHome, Inc. about how dangerous heat can be to seniors. Based in LA, heat is a real concern for the seniors in Steve's community, where the temperatures regularly sore past 38°C (100° F).

Avoid heat stroke this summer

Although in Canada our heat isn't as bad, when you factor in the humidity, on days like today the temperature is expected to sore past 40°C.  Here are some tips Steve shared that will help the seniors in your life stay cool, and some warning signs that they may be suffering from heat stroke and need medical attention.

3 Tips to Avoid Heat Stroke

1. Stay hydrated

2. Dress appropriately

3. Stay Cool

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

Take Special Care of Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer's

Seniors who experience dementia, Alzheimer's or other forms of cognitive illness may experience the heat without being able to communicate how hot they are feeling. As well, a person with a cognitive impairment may not be able to feel their body's temperature accurately. As a result, many seniors may over-dress for the hot weather.

How to Treat Heat Stroke

If you notice symptoms of heat stroke get into a cool bath. You should visit your health care practitioner if you are experiencing any of they symptoms mentioned above.

In an emergency situation where there is a loss of electricity or water supply has been affected it's important to have an emergency kit on hand that includes a few gallons of water. Remember to take extra water with you if you take a road trip, just in case there is an emergency and you get stuck somewhere.

Read Helping Seniors Prepare for Emergencies to learn more about how to prepare for an emergency.

There are a number of technological devices available to monitor the temperature in a senior's home. These devices can send you a text message or call you if the home has become too hot. This allows someone to check in to make sure the senior is okay and their air conditioning is working properly.

Written by Kimberley Fowler


How have you been dealing with the heat? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments section below.

Comfort Life is a division of Our Kids Media™ ©2002-2019   •   Disclaimer: Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the retirement care advertisers and is not warranted or guaranteecd by or its associated websites.  •   See Terms and Conditions.

The Comfort Life eNewsletter

Sign up today to receive tips and advice on retirement living, retirement communities, home care and other services.

First Name:
Postal Code