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Keep our Seniors Safe during this Summer Heat

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For many of us summer is a time for long days outside, trips to the beach and BBQs, but the heat of summer can be very dangerous for seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, seniors are particularly susceptible to serious health complications from hot weather because their bodies are less able to regulate temperatures. Risks include heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburns and dehydration.

Given their risk, it’s important for loved ones and caregivers to be well equipped to handle these dangers and make sure your loved one is protected. Here are ten tips to help you ensure a safe and happy summer for your loved one:

  • Check on them frequently
  • Air conditioning is vital
  • Wear light and loose colored clothing
  • Always wear sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Water, Water, and more water. Sometimes seniors need reminders to drink plenty of water
  • When sitting outdoors, suggest shaded areas such as a porch
  • Plan outings when the temperatures are not at peak hours, such as morning and evening
  • Check their medications for sun related warnings
  • Stay indoors during extreme heat days

Last, know the warning signs of heatstroke. According to webmd.com symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Excessive thirst
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Weakness
  • Confusion or anxiety
  • Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
  • Slowed or weakened heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Agitation

By following a few simple safety precautions, you and your loved one will be sure to enjoy the rest of these summer days.Bottom of Form

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