Staying cool and comfortable in the heat is sometimes easier said than done. It can be especially difficult for seniors living on their own and those with disabilities. During these hot humid days make sure that you check in on your loved ones regularly to make sure they are handling the heat properly.
Here are some tips you can use to help educate them:
Tip #1 – Stay hydrated
During the hot weather it is more important than normal for seniors to stay hydrated. The loss of excessive fluids from sweat can cause dizziness and fainting. The best way to prevent this is to by drinking a lot of fluids – especially water. If your loved one is on fluid-restrictions make sure to contact the doctor.
Tip #2 – Wear proper clothing and sun screen protection
Make sure that your loved one is wearing, light comfortable clothing during these hotter days of summer. A hat will also help to protect their head from sunburn and overheating. Applying proper sunscreen protection will also help to prevent a sunburn, and reduce body heat that a sunburn can cause.
Tip #3 – Limit the amount of outdoor activity
When they are spending time outdoors for fresh air or light exercise, they should spend that time in the early morning or late evening when the heat is not at its highest point of the day. They should also look for shaded areas to stay out of the sun and provide a cool place for them to rest. If your loved one begins to feel sick or uncomfortable for any reason return inside and if it persists contact their doctor.
Tip #4 – Enjoy Staying Cool Inside
Making sure that their home is properly cooled is important, and checking fans and air conditioners are properly working is important for their safety and well-being. If they do not have a fan or air conditioning, going to a local senior center, mall, or friends house may be a good alternative during the really hot days.
Tip #5 – Never leave an elderly person in a parked car
When a car is parked, the temperature inside the car can rise dangerously fast. Even in cooler weather and with the windows cracked the temperature can become dangerously high in a very short time. It is never a good idea or safe to leave a person inside of a parked car.
We encourage you to use these safety tips to help your loved one enjoy the summer and stay safe at the same time. For more information, check out the CDC’s website on heat and the elderly for you to visit. We hope you found this information useful to help protect your loved one.
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