Beat the Heat!
6 Summer Health Tips for Seniors
While we all welcome the warmth of summer after a cold Wisconsin winter, the heat can be hard on seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults are more at risk for developing heat-related illness because our ability to respond to summer heat becomes less efficient with age.
Stay safe and keep cool with these 6 beat-the-heat tips.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day—eight or more 8-ounce glasses arerecommended—to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeinate and alcohol because they’ll quickly cause dehydration.
- Dress for the weather. If it’s hot, wear loose-fitting clothing in natural fabrics, like cotton, because it’s more breathable and comfortable. Select clothes in light shades to attract less sunlight.
- Apply sunblock. Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays by applying sunblock. Remember to reapply every two hours. Stay in the shade whenever possible. A hat and sunglasses are also necessities when spending time outdoors.
- Cool off your home or search out air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning, open windows to let in a breeze or turn on fans to cool your home on hot days. If temperatures inside are still too warm, go somewhere with air conditioning. Spend the day at the library, go see a movie or visit a friend or family member with air conditioning to escape the heat. Senior centers are a cool place to spend the day and often offer plenty of schedule activities.
- Stay indoors during extreme heat. Some days it’s just best to stay indoors. In extreme heat, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal body temperature. It’s easy to become overheated, so avoid the risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion by staying out of the sun.
- Know the symptoms for heat-related illness. Stay safe this summer by knowing the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke can cause a high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse and dizziness. Other heat-illness symptoms include muscle spasms, extreme tiredness, hot, dry skin, confusion, seizures and hallucinations. Seek medical attention if experiencing any of the above symptoms.
Autumn’s Promise is one of the top assisted living communities in Green Bay. Residents appreciate the warmth and coziness of our northwoods, lodge-style facility—they’re able to see the seasons change in the woods surrounding our property.
Enjoy all the comforts of home while receiving the personalized care you need at Autumn’s Promise. We specialize in dignified dementia care and have a Certified Dementia Specialist on-site. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.