Medical Alerts for Seniors with Heat Stroke

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Heat Stroke

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Seniors do not adjust to heat as readily as younger people, and this makes them more prone to suffering from a heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when a person’s body temperature soars to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat Stroke Introduction

Left untreated, a heat stroke can prove fatal. Even with treatment, an elderly person can suffer from damage to the brain, kidneys, muscles and heart. A senior can be highly susceptible to a heat stroke because of natural aging, a variety of physical ailments and some prescription medications. Many elderly people live in older homes that lack air conditioning systems, or they simply cannot afford the elevated energy costs of running air during a heat wave. The senior will often opt to withstand the rising temperatures by simply using fans in the home, which puts them at an increased risk of suffering from a heat stroke.

Heat Stroke Impairment

A heat stroke can come on suddenly and quickly become a critical health crisis that requires immediate medical care.

The first impairment signs of a heat stroke include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Confusion
Medical Alert Benefits

At the first indication of a possible heat stroke, a senior should quickly call for medical help. With medical alert services, a senior can effortlessly summon immediate emergency assistance. A heat stroke can sneak up on a senior. One minute they are sweating and the next minute they are falling to the ground from extreme muscle weakness. Incoherency (a common symptom) can make it difficult for a senior to locate a phone, but with medical alerts, a senior can quickly reach assistance.

The symptoms of heat stroke can progress rapidly.

  • Throbbing headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Profuse sweating
  • High body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of sweating in the late stages
  • Red skin
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Stumbling
  • Lack of muscle control
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
Safety Without Medical Alerts

Many seniors opt to live life without medical alert services. However, during a heat wave, they should take special precautions if they suspect that they may be suffering from the first symptoms of a heat stroke.

  • A Throbbing headache: If you are working outside in the hot sun or you are indoors in excessively hot weather and you should start suffering from a throbbing headache, you should take a cool shower, rub ice on your body, and stay hydrated.
  • Muscle weakness and dizziness: Lay down in a cool room until you start to feel better. If you are suffering from extreme muscle weakness, use a walker or a cane to navigate to a cooler area of your home.
  • Excessive sweating: If it is hot in your home and you are already suffering from excessive sweating, abstain from using the oven to cook because this can raise the temperature in the home considerably.
Heat Stroke Precautions
  • Clothing: Dress in loose clothing that allows your skin to breath.
  • Air conditioning: Avoid going outside during a heatwave. If you have air conditioning,run it and stay indoors to remain cool.
  • Stay hydrated: When it is excessively hot, it is imperative to stay well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids with electrolytes.
Heat Stroke Medical Alerts Conclusion

When it is excessively hot outside, it is imperative that you take extra precautions to remain cool. Elderly individuals are at an increased risk of suffering from a heat stroke. A medical alert system can provide you with peace of mind. With medical alerts, you can quickly summon help if you are working outside and start to suffer from a heat stroke, or if you are indoors and start to feel unwell.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.