When the weather gets warmer hydration is key. Humans lose their ability to conserve water as they age so seniors are more susceptible to dehydration.
Talk to Your Doctor
You should talk to your doctor to make sure that high temperatures do not affect your daily medications. Some medications are temperature sensitive in terms of their storing, so make sure that your medicines will still help keep you healthy even in increased temperatures.
Play It Cool
Changes in temperature can shorten the life expectancy for seniors coping with some medical conditions. Getting out of your house to visit the movie theatre, mall or local library is a good way to find an air-conditioned space that also gets you out of the house.
Stay in Touch
Make sure that your line of communication with your loved-ones is open during the summer. Prepare a list of emergency number and place them in an easy to access area in case anything was to happen.
Wear the Right Stuff
When it is warm out you should make sure that your clothing is breathable and allows easy airflow to keep yourself cool. Natural fabrics such as cotton are cooler than a synthetic fiber so make sure your wardrobe is ready!
Protect Your Eyes
Keeping your eyes protected from the harmful UV rays can preserve your vision. As we age our vision can become impaired and direct exposure to the sun’s rays. Sunglasses will help to protect your eyes, and a hat adds an extra layer of protect for your eyes and skin!
Know the Risks of Hyperthermia
During hot months our risk of Hyperthermia, a condition caused by abnormally high body temperatures is higher. An advanced form of Hyperthermia is heat stroke, which can be life threatening. Knowing the signs of Hyperthermia is important so that if you are experiencing symptoms, you can catch it early.
- Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
- Change in Behavior, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
- Dry, Flushed skin
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Heavy Breathing or Rapid Pulse
- Not Sweating, even if it’s hot outside
These symptoms could be indicators of something more serious as well, so if you or a loved one seems to be experiencing these indicators, seek medical assistance.
Taking walks or spending extended periods outside during the summer is a great way to take advantage of the weather. Make sure that if you choose to exercise outside that you bring water with you and up your water intake to ensure hydration. Also make sure you don’t overdo your outdoor exposure, in order to avoid overheating.