Protecting Your Loved One From the Dangers of Heat | Executive Care of Hackensack

Protecting Your Loved One From the Dangers of Heat

Do your aging loved one’s summertime plans include quality time outdoors? It’s something that can bring many benefits for those of all ages to be sure.

There are plenty of benefits to spending time outdoors for seniors, but it’s vital that you take precautions so that the heat does not turn dangerous for your loved one.

Older adults can experiences changes in physiology that result in their being more sensitive to heat and its harmful effects. Not only is it harder for them to adjust to the sudden temperature spikes, but older adults often deal with chronic medical conditions or take medications that make it more difficult for the body to handle heat.

Why Heat Is Dangerous

Heat-related illnesses can pose quite a serious—if not deadly—risk to older individuals. These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

There are plenty of other health-related factors that could increase the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them as they could prove lifesaving. Health factors common among older adults include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and ill-working sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for low-sodium or salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

Keeping Your Loved One Safe This Summer

It doesn’t have to be difficult to keep your aging loved one happy and healthy this summer.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

Did you know that if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated? That’s why it is important for older adults to continuously sip on fluids throughout the day, not waiting until they feel thirst.

It’s also important for your loved one to stay in air-conditioning as much as possible, as relying solely on a fan for cooling purposes is not always the best way to go. It is also wise to limit time outdoors during peak heat times, which is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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.

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