The Elderly and the Hot Weather | Lucky's Home Care

As summertime reaches its peak, so does the temperature. This leaves aging people at risk for hyperthermia or heat exhaustion.Are you a senior citizen who is struggling with the hot weather? Just because you're getting older doesn't mean that you have to put up with uncomfortable temperatures. There are plenty of ways to cool off and stay safe in the hot heat both inside and outside. You should take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration and heat stroke. Here are a ten tips:

1) Stay indoors as much as possible. If your loved one needs to go outside, make sure they stay in the shade and drink plenty of fluids.

2) Limit strenuous activity. This isn't the time for your loved one to start a new workout regimen!

3) Wear light fitted and light colored clothing.

4) Closed the windows if you have central or window air conditioning.

5) Shower, bathe, or sponge off with cool water.

6) Lie down and rest in a cool place.

7) Carry an umbrella if walking in direct sunlight.

8) Do outdoor activies well early in the day or after sundown.

9) Warm drinks can help your body feel cooler.

10) Limit caffeine.Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it make you have to pee!

In closing, if you or a love one don’t feel well, act fast.Besides feeling faint or dizzy, other symptoms to watch out for include nausea, headache, feeling overly tired, having a rapid pulse, or feeling muscle cramps. If someone’s behavior changes – for instance if they are confused or combative, or delirious – that is a very serious sign.Get help immediately!

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