People who are 65 and over are at a bigger risk of heat-related illnesses – such as heatstroke. This happens in hot weather especially. Risk factors include when your loved one is living by themselves, has chronic medical issues, or taking certain medications. Here are some steps to keep your elderly loved ones safe during the summer heat.
Seniors are vulnerable to dangerous illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke brought on by scorching summer heat. Don’t stay in the sun for more than 1-2 hours at a time, and make sure to keep the AC on when in the home.
Older adults naturally feel less thirsty than younger adults, making it more important to remember to drink more water than normal – especially out in the sun – to avoid dehydration.
Take Breaks During Physical Activity
Everyone loves to have fun outdoors – especially in the sun. But seniors must be aware that summer’s high heat and humidity to wear out your body a lot faster than in cooler weather.
Seniors are more susceptible to vision loss, so it’s important for them to wear protective eyewear from dangerous UV rays.
Apply Plenty of Bug Spray
Mosquitos and other bugs can be carriers of West Nile Virus and Lyme disease – which can be a heightened risk to seniors, Be sure to coat your skin with bug spray to avoid any bites.
If there is ever an emergency, make sure that you’ll be able to dial your loved ones easily – or even their caregiver. Before any outdoor activities let them know where you’ll be and for how long.
Avoid the Outdoors on a Very Hot Day
Be sure to review the weather forecast on your smartphone or TV to find out which days will be high in temperature. On extremely hot days, it’s best to stay indoors all together and avoid the risk.
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