Older people are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses – The Interior Journal


With temperatures predicted to rise, Morning Pointe Senior Living is once again reminding seniors, their families and caregivers of the dangers of extreme heat. “Older adults are particularly susceptible to developing heat-related illnesses when temperatures are high due to the aging body’s reduced ability to adapt to changes in body temperature,” says Mandy Taylor, senior vice president of services. clinics at Morning Pointe Senior Living.

Older adults do not adapt as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic condition that alters the body’s normal responses to heat. They are also more likely to take prescription medications that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweating,” Taylor adds.

Hot Weather Safety Tips: What to Do/What to Avoid:

• Stay cool, stay hydrated

• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, contact your local health department or find an air-conditioned shelter in your area.

• Don’t rely on a fan as your primary source of cooling when it’s very hot outside.

• Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

• If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or gives you diuretics, ask him how much you should drink in hot weather.

• Don’t use the stove or oven for cooking – it will make you and your home hotter.

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing.

• Take cool showers or baths to refresh yourself.

• Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get enough rest.

“Many of our Morning Pointe Senior Living communities are rescheduling or moving indoors to one of their planned outdoor activities during these days of extreme heat,” says Heather Tussing, COO of Morning Pointe. “If you know an elderly friend or neighbor, be sure to check them out and have someone do the same for you.”

Founded in 1997 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 36 assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states and celebrates its silver anniversary in 2022.

Betty K. Park