June 29, 2018

Beat the Heat – Senior Adult Version

Jonesboro, AR – This summer has already started out to be exceedingly HOT.  Certain groups of people are susceptible to health problems when the temperature rises. Statistics prove that every summer there are literally hundreds of adults who fall ill with heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion.  Senior adults are not able to cool down as quickly and their bodies take longer to recover from heat related issues.  We’d like to share 5 ways to beat the heat:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids. Some seniors with incontinence issues avoid drinking liquids due to their unfortunate circumstance. However, everyone should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to maintain a good balance. We lose more hydration than we realize from perspiration in the summer. Therefore we may need to replenish what our bodies need frequently, avoiding alcohol and caffeine which dehydrates even more.
  2. Proper ventilation and cool air are necessary.  Make sure your loved ones have adequate cooling systems or the means to get fresh air flowing through their home. An open window may provide a cool breeze on some days, but fans will help circulate the air as well.
  3. Some seniors cannot afford the cost of air conditioning. During times of extreme heat, it would be advisable to suggest they visit public buildings or offices with cool air conditioners to provide relief. Taking a stroll through shopping centers or grocery stores will also provide a chance to take a break from the heat.
  4. Wearing loose, light colored clothing is a must during the summer months. Also prepare for outdoor adventures by wearing a cap and sunscreen to protect your delicate skin.
  5. Watch for symptoms of heat related illnesses. Seek immediate emergency care if your loved one exhibits such as fainting, dizziness, clammy skin, fast pulse, either excessive sweating or no sweating at all and vomiting or extreme fatigue.

Most summer heat related issues can be avoided, but when necessary, Call 911 immediately if you suspect anyone has any of the above symptoms after being in excessive heat. Please share this information with your family members or other loved ones who may need this vital information.

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