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Slight Variations in Environmental Temperatures Can Have a Devastating Impact on Seniors

According to data collected by The Weather Channel, this has been (to date) one of the hottest decades in recorded history. If you look at this map, you will clearly see that many cities around the nation are experiencing record-breaking temperatures and the trend is forecast to continue. Some say it’s the result of global warming, but whatever the reason, now is the time to think about how you can protect your aging parents next summer when the temperatures begin to soar once again.

Will it be worse than this year? The best guess at this time is that the nation will probably see even more records broken. In all of this, the major concern for the elderly is the result of their body’s inability to regulate temperature due to advancing age. So, what can you do about it? Here is some of what you should know.

Inability to Regulate Body Temperature

The signs of aging manifest differently from person to person but most people find that their body’s mechanism for regulating temperature begins to fail as they age. Usually, it is a degeneration of the hypothalamus, the gland responsible for thermoregulation. A simple way to understand the importance of the hypothalamus is in terms of sweat production.

When the human body reaches a dangerously high temperature, the hypothalamus signals the production of sweat. This is the body’s natural defense against overheating and a defense that begins to diminish with age. As a result, elderly people have a very limited comfort zone and can easily get too hot or too cold with even slight variations in environmental temperatures.

How You Can Help Aging Parents

Every summer, you read about elderly people dying when temperatures soar to triple digits and in the winter months they are just as likely to freeze to death. It can be unrealistic to check on your parents daily during times of extremes in temperatures, especially if you live cities or even states away. What many people have begun doing is to have temperature technology installed in their parents’ homes. These are devices which can be remotely accessed and are hooked up to the home’s HVAC system.

These thermostats can be controlled from literally anywhere in the world with a simple app downloaded to a smartphone or some other mobile device. Sites like Temperature Sensei offer reviews of some of the leading Wi-Fi temperature control devices and you can choose the one that best meets your needs and budget.

Once Again – Technology to the Rescue

Just as you could install baby monitors in nurseries to see to the safety of your child at any time, Wi-Fi thermostats enable you to set temperatures in your parents’ home to safe levels, even if they are unaware of your doing so. Don’t leave their safety to chance when temperature technology offers the solution you need to keep them from overheating in summer or freezing in winter.

The choice isn’t always theirs if they aren’t aware of just how much they can suffer from slight variations in external temperatures. By the time they ‘feel’ those changes it may be too late.

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Discoveries That Are Changing The World

Over the past few years, new archeological sites have been found in Africa, which largely change the earlier idea of the history of mankind. Africa, the cradle of humanity and the land of great ancient civilizations, is rich in archaeological finds that enable us to better understand not only the prehistoric past of mankind but also the fate of ancient empires.

The oldest representative of homo sapiens was discovered in Morocco.

The remains found this year near the Jebal-Irhud cave belongs to the oldest representatives of homo sapiens who lived about three hundred thousand years ago. Jebal-Irhud Cave did not become the first place where researchers found remnants and objects from the Middle Palaeolithic period. But it was not always possible to determine the exact age of the finding before.

The remains that testify to the oldest intelligent man were found by an international team of archaeologists led by scientists from Germany and Morocco. From the modern representatives of homo sapiens, these remains differ from the length of the back of the skull and large teeth, which they share with the neanderthal. Until recently, the oldest remnants of homo sapiens were considered to be those found in the territory of today’s Ethiopia and whose age was estimated at 200,000 years. The conclusions of this study, however, do not agree with all anthropologists.

In South Africa this year, an earlier unknown species was discovered.

JohannesburgIn 2017, in the inaccessible caves near Johannesburg, the remains of 15 hominids were exhumed and named in honor of the cave in which they were discovered – homo nal. They had a brain of orange size and very tiny bodies, the average height did not exceed 150 centimeters, and the weight was about 45 kilograms. In all likelihood, they could have developed the simplest tools. Their age has not yet been accurately determined, but it is assumed to be about 2.5 million years old. Further study for scientists will allow us to clarify the origin of our species and help us learn more about how the primitive australopitekus tried to transform itself into our direct ancestor.