Senior Citizens vs. Summer Heat

We all know summer brings a lot of fun in the sun! But, as we get older, we need to make sure that we aren’t at risk for heat-related sicknesses or symptoms! Summer brings fun memories and trips to places such as the beach, hiking, monument visits, and tours to different museums. Please keep in mind that our elder family members are more at risk for being negatively affected by the heat. In this post, we are going to acknowledge some ways that we can make sure we avoid elderly heat stroke and exhaustion.

Thanks to our friends over at aplaceformom.com, we found an article that would help you stay safe in the sun!

Did you know that the University of Chicago Medical Center released a study that 40% of heat related fatalities in the United States are elders ages 65 and above? With such information, we want to make sure we stay cool and hydrated to have a fun and safe summer.

  1. Make sure you keep an eye on that heat index! Watching the weather and the morning news will give you a good understanding of how hot it’s going to be for the day. The heat index takes into account humidity and temperature, giving you an overall glimpse into the heat of the day.
  2. Take it easy! Everyone wants to enjoy summer and that means going outside to soak up some sun rays. But make sure that you aren’t overexerting yourself by walking long distances or exercising under the burning sun!
  3. Drink water and plenty of liquids! Try to avoid soda, alcohol, and caffeine when the sun is beaming hot. Instead, swap out that Coke for a mineral water or a Gatorade. This will keep you hydrated and you won’t risk fainting. Dehydration tends to be the root of many heat-related problems.
  4. Stay Indoors During Mid-Day Hours! Instead of heading out to do your groceries and shopping at noon, try heading out before 10 am or after 5 pm when the heat has calmed down some.
  5. Appropriate Clothing! Make sure to avoid dark, thick, and long clothes during the summer. Take the chance to go with shorts, short sleeves, and lighter colors to avoid calling too much sun to you.
  6. Air Conditioned Environments! Instead of taking that hike outside in 99 degree weather, why don’t you enjoy a nice air conditioned museum or art gallery? You can see sights and beautiful places that are air conditioned!
  7. Know the warning signs of heat-related illness(es):
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Headaches
    • Rapid Heartbeat (Tachycardia)
    • Chest Pains (Angina)
    • Breathing Problems

 

(source: http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-heat-stroke) 

 

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