Now that the hot summer months are upon us, caregivers have to be aware that even slight changes in temperature can lead to heat stress in people 65 and over. A recent Harvard study found that even a 2 percent increase in temperature can lead to increased death rates for the elderly with certain health chronic health conditions. The risk of death from heat stress can increase up to 4 percent for seniors with diabetes, and an increased risk was reported for seniors with chronic lung disease, heart failure and those who have suffered a heart attack. To make matters worse, the elderly sometimes do not realize that they are overheating and in harm’s way. Having an in-home caregiver to monitor the situation can be a lifesaver.