Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hyperthermia & Heat Stroke

The heat is on in northern Michigan. We all feel it, many are complaining about it, and most of us know how to keep cool. A person with Alzheimer's Disease, however, may not. Often a person with AD will not dress appropriately or drink adequate amounts of clear liquids. This increases the risk of hyperthermia and heat stroke.

Here are a few tips on what to do if you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:

1. Get the person out of the sun and into an air-conditioned or other cool place.

2. Offer fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.

3. Encourage the individual to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water.

4. Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists and/or neck.

5. Urge the person to lie down and rest, preferably in a cool place.

You can learn more by clicking HERE. Check up on elderly family, friends and neighbors during severe hot weather. It could save a life.

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