Tips For Seniors Who Want to Beat the Heat This Summer
Summer is finally here, which means for many seniors from all areas of the country, it means dealing with the stifling and difficult heat that comes with it. It can be difficult for seniors to try to beat the heat and stay safe and healthy in the summer. This is because seniors are more prone to dehydration, can struggle to cool themselves down naturally and are more prone to issues with overheating.
While summer can bring some risks, the best thing that seniors and their caregivers can do during this time of year is to be fully aware of the different ways they can stay cool, comfortable and safe during the hot summer months. Here are a just a few tips to get your started.
- Avoid the peak heat times. During the summer months, seniors don’t have to stay indoors all of the time, but they should avoid the times of day when it is the hottest. Seniors should stay indoors from 10 AM- 4PM, when it tends to be the warmest out.
- Drink plenty of water. Seniors should always be drinking around 7-8 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated, but this is even more paramount during the summer. During this time of year, seniors shouldn’t just drink plenty of water, but avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol, coffee and soda.
- Wear appropriate clothing. What seniors wear during the summer is extremely important. There are many seniors who feel cold during the day, but they should still dress in lightweight layers that can easily remove as needed, and so they can easily go from outdoors inside to air conditioned rooms.
- Avoid strenuous activity. A walk in the warm heat may not seem like a big deal, but in the summer, this can be stressful on older adults and cause them to overheat. Activity that causes sweat can really take a toll on any senior and should be avoided at all times.
- Try to limit switching temperatures. Going between extreme heat and extreme cold can seem like a good idea but it can actually cause a great deal of stress on the body, especially for seniors.
Remember, during the summer, it is always important to play it safe and be extra cautious during this time of year. It is better to be safe than sorry during the summer and make sure that seniors aren’t putting themselves at risk for dehydration or over-heating. Remember, issues with dehydration are one of the top reasons that people, especially seniors, end up in the hospital—so the more you can do to prevent this from happening this summer, the better.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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