Seniors in Summertime – How to care for your loved ones during baking days

June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Summer is here and while it can mean fun for many of us, the heat and humidity can make seniors particularly vulnerable to a number of issues. Unfortunately that hot, Georgia record breaking heat we all know so well effects all ages in different ways – so make sure you adjust daily routines during these summer months to avoid illnesses such as dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn, dizziness, and nausea.

Approximately 371 deaths occur in the United States every year due to heat related illnesses, nearly half of all victims are 65 years and older.

Why so vulnerable?

Elderly people’s bodies do not handle sudden temperature changes as well as they once used to, making the summer months a big risk. Along with natural changes in the body’s ability to adapt to environmental changes, many prescriptions and medications elderly people take effect the way in which the body regulates it’s temperature.

Many folks end up in the hospital because some of  these heat related illnesses mentioned earlier, so we found some useful tips to take into consideration as we sweat through these next few months!

Stay Cool –Air Conditioning is your best friend this summer.  At home, in the car, at a mall or movie, library etc.– get in it!

Stay Hydrated – Carry water or juice with you and drink it continuously whether you “feel” thirsty or not, avoiding highly caffeinated drinks as well.

Avoid using Salt Tablets – unless you clear it with your Physician.

Slow Down – If you must do work, especially outdoors, do it before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Heat adds unwanted stress to your heart.

Eat more often, smaller meals – Easier to digest in the heat, focus on eating smaller meals full of fresh fruits and veggies!

Dress Properly – Hat, sun glasses, lightweight clothing – cottons whic breathe, light colored clothes, white or pastels, long sleeves, carry a parasol– make these items part of your everyday wardrobe.

How to spot when hot is too hot 

Confusion? Faintness? Lack of sweating? Bizarre behavior? Rapid pulse?

If you or a loved one come across any of these symptoms, there is a chance your body is 105 degrees or hotter and you are experiencing heat stroke, a medical emergency so call 9-11 IMMEDIATELY! 

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