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Medical Minute: How older adults and seniors can stay safe during extreme heat

Q: Do you know why older adults and seniors are at greater risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related illness than younger adults during extreme heat?

A: As we age, our bodies become less efficient at regulating temperature, making us more vulnerable to heat-related conditions.

In our latest Medical Minute, Dr. Freeman Farrow, a family medicine physician at Beacon Medical Group La Porte, shares important information and safety tips for the senior population, including:

• Recognizing why seniors often don’t feel thirsty and the importance of hydration
• Identifying the safest times for seniors to spend time outdoors
• Tips on how seniors can prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Stay safe and share these safety reminders with your loved ones:

 

 

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About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Media Relations Strategist. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.