Helpful Tips for Keeping Summertime Safe for Seniors | Executive Care of Stratford
With the official start of summer just a month away, now is the perfect time to brush up on summertime safety tips for seniors.
Keeping Summer Safe
It is regularly suggested that six to eight cups of water be drunk daily, but if your loved one plans to be out in the sun and heat for extended periods of time, it is best he or she ups the water intake. Low-calorie and no-calorie sports drinks and juices are also ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.
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.
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.
Before taking a deeper look, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:
- Keep cool.
- Take breaks during physical activity.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Use bug spray.
- Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.
Avoiding Heat Issues
Summertime temperatures can be extremely dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Unfortunately, most of those individuals are over the age of 50.
Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. The reasons for this can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.
Some common issues that accompany high temperatures include:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
- Heat stroke
Be sure to review the signs and symptoms of various heat-related health issues, as it could prove to be a lifesaver in extreme situations. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of at home, there are some cases where hospitalization may be required.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Stratford 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.