Avoiding Heat Stroke and Exhaustion for Seniors
It’s getting hot and Summer hasn’t even started yet! Hot weather can be dangerous if you don’t keep yourself hydrated and cool. There are many risk factors for seniors when it comes to summer weather; here are a few tips to avoid heatstroke and exhaustion.
Most people forget to stay hydrated during hot weather. It is the number one factor in causing heatstroke and exhaustion. Drinking lots of water or juice throughout the day–even if you are not thirsty will keep you cool and help you avoid exhaustion.
Monitor the Heat Index
Temperature is important to know but the humidity factor is just as important in making sure you avoid the heat. The heat index measures both temperature and humidity so you know exactly what it feels like outside. If the humidity is very high, it is best to stay indoors in the shade.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
It isn’t a good idea to wear heavy clothing during the Spring and Summer months. Wearing breathable fabric like linen and cotton in light colors will keep you cool inside or out. Loose-fitting clothing, sun hats, and sunglasses also help with the glaring sun during humid days.
Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Keeping in mind the warning signs of heat-related illnesses can help you avoid them. Dizziness, nausea, headache, chest pain and fainting are all signs that you are dehydrated and overexertion. If these warning signs occur, please tell someone immediately so they can help.
Mid-afternoon is the hottest time during the day. Staying indoors in the afternoon with an AC unit or a fan on will help keep you cool and comfortable during those really hot and humid days. If your home lacks AC or a fan, you’re Companions Forever caregiver and bring you to the local Senior Center or AC-Environment areas you enjoy.
Take it Easy
Remember, the heat affects everyone differently and seniors are at a higher risk of heatstroke and exhaustion. Take it easy during the summer, stay indoors with the AC on, drink plenty of fluids and don’t overexert yourself. Outdoor activities are fun during the summer especially with your family, just keep in mind to stay hydrated and not overdo it.
Visit a local Cooling Center
Connecticut has cooling centers all over the state for the elderly to avoid heat exhaustion and/or heatstroke.