Heat stroke in the elderly

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We all need to be concerned about the heat but it is even more important for our elderly neighbors and friends.

The reasons why in this week's Neighborhood Health Watch.

Lauren Richardson in The Fan explains that the elderly do not adjust as well to the sudden temperature changes.

She tells us that heat stroke occurs when the body is not able to control its temperature.

Warning signs may include red, hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea.

To prevent this from occuring, drink cool, beverages, take a cool shower or bath, wear lightweight clothing, remain indoors and, if possible, seek an air conditioned environment.

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