Elderly – Heat Stroke Risks
Summer temperatures do not need to be extreme in order to cause heat stress in an elder. Recent studies have found that a very minimal increase in temperature, such as less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit, can have serious health consequences for the elderly — especially those who may already have a chronic health condition. Further, it was found that variance in high daily temperatures has the effect of decreasing life expectancy. And the temperature variability can be extremely harmful to those seniors who are battling significant health conditions.
Interestingly, research has found that the human body can and will likely adapt to temperatures in their climate zone, even in areas with high temperatures such as southern Florida. However, it is in areas with a greater temperature swing that puts more seniors at risk. Fluctuating temps create heat intolerance in the elderly population.
Results from a recent study showed evidence of an increasing death risk from heat stress for individuals suffering from these conditions:
- Chronic Lung Disease
- Heart Attack Sufferers
- Heart Failure Sufferers