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Page 20 .Thursday, July 29, 2010 Monroe County Appeal, Paris, Mo. Seniors are prone to an increased number of concerns during hot summer seasons. Just as with chil- dren, seniors have a more sensitive system that needs a little extra care when temperatures rise. One of the biggest unseen threats to seniors is the common air con- ditioner. While air conditioners in and of themselves are of no threat to seniors, misused, malfunction- ture. When the body can no longer ing or unmaintained air condition- cool itself, you will begin feeling ers are a serious concem. This thirsty, dizzy, weak and nauseated. becomes an even bigger concern In addition to perfuse sweating, in extreme weather, during which you'll also feel uncoordinated. seniors are at even greater risk. Help seniors fight heat exhaustion According to a recent report, ap- by keeping them in a cool place proximately one-third of seniors and making sure they drink plenty were in an environment with insuf- of fluids. ficient or non-functioning air con- Heat Edema: Edema happens ditioning. This becomes a serious when your body retains water. In concern as a number of medical the summer, you might find your issues can arise, and existing con- ankles and feet swelling when it ditions can flare-up or resurface, gets hot. Usually resting the legs if seniors are in environments not helps cure this discomfort. conducive to optimal health. Heat Cramps: Painful tightening What can go wrong? of muscles in your stomach area, The human body is very much arms, or legs. Cramps can result like a machine. It's constantly from hardwork or exercise. While challenging itself to adapt to its en- your body temperature and pulse vironment and keep up with what's usually stay normal during heat going on externally. The same cramps, your skin may feel moist goes with heat. Your body is al- and cool. Take these cramps as a ways working to a keep a balance sign that you are too hot -- find a between its heat production and way to cool your body down. Be heat loss, with your brain acting as sure to drink plenty of fluids, but an organic thermostat, not those containing alcohol or Long-term heat exposure can caffeine. cause multiple illnesses or symp- Heat Syncope: A sudden dizzi- PARIS FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC [--] Mary J. Crawford, DO F] Deborah C. Shouse, RN, BCFNP ~ | toms, such as: ness that may come on when you ill-tempered, staggering are good, many semor~ don't like reports. You are more at nsk as[: Heat Exhaustion: This phrase are active in the heat. If you take * An above 104 degree Fahren-to or have difficulty leaving their the temperature or humidity rise orl may be funny to some since most a form of heart medication known heit body temperature home. If know of a senior in this when there is an air pollution alert" seniors do not exert themselves to as a beta blocker or are not used What You Can Do circumstance, and without laroper in effect. ' i the point of exhaustion. However, to hot weather, you are even more * Drink plenty of liquids -- Heat air conditioning, there are rn'b y * Dress in cooler natural fabric heat exhaustion is not measured likely to feel faint when in the heat. tends to make you lose fluids so it groups that wiliprovide air condi-, such as cottons, rather than syn i by how much physical activity Putting your legs up and resting in is very important to make sure their tioners or fans to seniors in these thetic fibers. Also, remember thal] you've consciously undertaken, a cool place should make the dizzy fluid intake is kept up. Remember conditions, light-colored clothes reflect the but rather in the struggle for your feeling go away. that fluids .can also come in the - Consider mvestmg m a portable and heat better than dark colors. ', body to maintain a stable tempera- Heat Stroke: Don't under-esti- form of fruits and vegetable. Dur- air conditioning unit They're * Avoid crowded places when it'g i mate a heat stroke. These can be ing hot summer months, seniors cheap to buy and easy to use. , hot outside and plan trips durin/ 102 E. Marion Street Paris, MO 65275 660-327-4911 660-327-5501 (Fax) (assisted living option 2) r: She,bi.aAve. Shelb,na, MO 63468 IIF :.4111!/111 Phone: 573-588-4115 Cell 660-651-4051 .shelbinav to tbe Salt River Community Care now offers Outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy along with Inpatient stays for short or long term. Contact us at 573-588-4175 or check out our website at 142 Shelby Plaza Shelbina, Mo. Libby Youse, Administrator. Dorothy Latimer with O TR Alisa Wlllingha~ deadly and a senior who has suf- should avoid drinking an excess of fered from one needs immediate coffee and tea, since caffeine is a medical attention. Until help ar- dehydrator. rives, get the individual to a cool * If you live in a home or apart- place. To prevent a heat stroke, ment without fans or air condi- make sure seniors are in a func- tioning, be sure to follow these tioning air-conditioned environ- steps to lower your chance of heat ment and drink plenty of water problems: Signs ofaHeat Stroke: Keep windows open at night Fainting to allow cool air to pass through. Lack of sweat despite heat Similarly, keep windows open Delirious behavior during the day to allow for cross Coma or coma-like symptoms ventilation. However, try putting Dry, flushed skin and a strong up a sheet or light curtains to block rapid pulse out the sun's heat. Slow, weak pulse Try to stay in a c0ol air condi- Behavior change - confusion, tioned place. While public venues * Pay attention to the weather \non-rush hour times. Come see us for all your prescription needs! Ifi/ i,,1~ Schedule luncheon .... Hand & Foot specials Cards 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Thursday 12:30 p.m. Exercise Rotary Monday Wednesday Friday Thursday's Noon 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome (i :h Come Join Us! Par,s Sen,or Center 112 E. Marion St., Paris -'"/ 660-327-4824 I I Open. 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