Helping Seniors Stay Safe Throughout the Summer | Executive Care of Hackensack
The start of summer is just about a month away, which means there is no better time than now to review some summertime safety tips for seniors.
Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
Before diving in deeper, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:
- Use bug spray.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Take breaks during physical activity.
- Stay hydrated.
- Keep cool.
- Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.
Be sure to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This way seniors will know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.
Make sure the air conditioning is working properly in your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.
It is recommended that six to eight cups of water are consumed daily, but if out in the heat, more water should be taken in. Low- and no-calorie sports drinks and juices are also ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.
Dangers That Come With Hot Temperatures
Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. Reasons can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.
Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Out of those, many individuals were over the age of 50.
Some common health issues that accompany high temperatures include:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
- Heat syncope
Reviewing the signs and symptoms of various heat-related health issues could be a lifesaver. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of on their own, there are some cases where a doctor’s help or hospitalization may be needed.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Hackensack can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.