National Heat Awareness Day

Heat Awareness - CompassionCare Hopice of Las Vegas, Nevada

National Heat Awareness Day is May 27, 2016.

It is observed the last Friday of May. National Heat Awareness Day is sponsored by the National Weather Service. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. A study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the United States were among people over 65. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Underlying health conditions contribute to an older adult’s ability to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration. Always remember to stay hydrated or drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, caffeine drinks, and sugar beverages, avoid over exertion, and find a cool place to stay in when there is a heat advisory. Watch the heat index, and dress accordingly. When it’s hot out, light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat should be worn. Stay inside during afternoon hours. The best time to run around doing errands is before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.  Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be taken very seriously.  Most American summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. The worst heat waves have been dry. And we live in a desert. CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada knows how serious heat is.