The sun is shining and the air is warm. Summer is finally here, and with it often comes the desire to spend more time outdoors. While the fresh air and sun exposure (while wearing appropriate levels of SPF) are good for your wellbeing, it is important to pay closer attention to yourself or a loved one to prevent heat-related illnesses, especially heat stroke. Older adults, especially, have a difficult time adjusting to extreme temperatures and are more likely to be affected by the heat, whether its because of the natural aging process, chronic medical conditions or side effects of certain prescriptions.
Be safe this summer by keeping these home care tips in mind while enjoying time outdoors with friends and family.
- Pay attention to the weather alerts. On days that are issued warnings for severe heat or poor air quality, senior citizens should find a cool, air-conditioned place to stay. The alerts are in place for a reason, so don't risk your or your loved one's health.
- Stay hydrated. When the weather is hot, it is extremely important to stay hydrated. The increased temperatures mean you will need to increase your intake of fluids even if you aren't thirsty. Once you feel thirsty you will already be dehydrated and at risk for heat illness