Summer is here, and the heat will be with us for a while. The heat and humidity may be suffocating, and dehydration or a heat stroke are both dangers that everyone, especially seniors, should avoid. This is certainly a time to exercise caution and good judgment while still enjoying all summer has to offer.
As the temperatures start to rise, it is important to take precautions to stay cool and safe. Seniors are especially at risk of heat-related illness during the summer months. Here are 5 tips to help seniors beat the heat this summer!
1. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke
Heatstroke is an extremely serious condition that requires prompt treatment. Symptoms of heatstroke include hot, dry skin, memory loss, a rapid heart rate, and a temperature of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat exhaustion is less severe and causes fainting, white skin (which can be caused by sunburn), increased thirst, and a temperature of over 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
If you are with someone who has heatstroke, call 911 and move them to a cool, shady area. Try to reduce their body temperature by applying cool water to their skin or clothing and fanning them. Do not give them anything to drink.
Heat exhaustion can be treated by moving to a cool, shady area and drinking lots of fluids. It is important to drink fluids that will replace electrolytes like water or sports drinks. Avoid caffeinated beverages as they can contribute to dehydration.
It is important for seniors to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke because they are more susceptible to them due to age-related changes in the body. The elderly have a harder time regulating their body temperature, so they are more likely to get heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
2. Wear Proper Clothing
Wearing the correct clothing in the heat might help you to stay cooler and avoid UV damage. Dark colors are said to absorb heat. Wear light-colored, thin fabrics that reflect sunlight away from yourself and keep you cooler. Use loose-fitting cotton apparel, as well as sun glasses, hats, and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
As the temperatures start to rise, it is important to take precautions to stay cool and safe.
3. Stay Indoors During Extreme Heat
In addition to wearing the proper clothing, seniors should also take care to avoid being in the direct sun for too long. If you must be outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. During the summer, keeping your body temperature constant is more difficult. It’s critical to keep your aging loved ones indoors during this time to avoid overheating. If it’s too hot to be outdoors, spend as much time as possible in the air conditioning.
4. Stay cool
In addition, older people should have access to air conditioning. Air cooling is the most effective technique of cooling down, but if you don’t have it at home, go to a library or mall and take refuge. Fans are beneficial for keeping cool; however, they are insufficient alone when the temperature rises rapidly. To obtain a cross breeze, open windows on opposite sides of the room.
5. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Alcoholic beverages, coffee, and sweetened drinks are all examples of drinks that might dehydrate you. Although water is one of the greatest ways to stay hydrated, sports drinks can replenish the electrolytes your body loses during exercise. Drink small amounts of fluids at frequent intervals throughout the day, even if you don’t feel like it.
Another issue that occurs in the summer is dehydration. Seniors are more prone to dehydration as a result of their chronic illnesses, which necessitate them taking diuretics that cause increased urination. They may be less likely to feel parched than younger people. A dry mouth, tiredness, lightheadedness, dark-colored urine, and dizziness are all signs of dehydration. If your elderly loved one experiences any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
How Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park Keeps Residents Safe During the Summer
Your loved ones won’t be forced to stay inside for the summer heat. Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park takes care of your loved one’s needs by providing them with enough water and shade, as well as monitoring their activity levels, ensuring that they can easily enjoy the outdoors. Our courtyard is a beautiful, serene refuge for our residents, while our pathways are perfect for a lovely stroll or conversation with a friend.
Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park strives to create an environment that is both enjoyable and safe for our residents. We hope these tips will be helpful for you and your loved ones as you enjoy the summer months ahead!
If you have any questions about how we keep our residents safe during the summer months, or if you would like to schedule a tour of our community, please contact us today! We would be happy to answer any of your questions.