It’s Hot Out There…
We all know that with summer comes hot weather – and that hot weather is in full swing right now. As caregivers to seniors, we know how dangerous this weather can potentially be for them. This article will share some info about how hot weather can affect seniors and what you can do to help them stay cool this summer.
First, seniors are more vulnerable to heat for a variety of reasons. Their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. This could be because of chronic medical conditions or prescription medications. Chronic medical conditions can change their body responses to heat. Prescription medicines can impair their body’s ability to regulate temperature or could actually prevent sweating. It helps to know your loved ones limitations. Even if you think you know them, be aware that their body and it’s limits could be changing. Signs of hyperthermia could include:
- Moody behavior
- Dry skin with no sweat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble breathing
Second, this doesn’t mean that the elderly should stay cooped up inside. They can still go out and enjoy the warm weather; they just have to be a little more cautious. They should avoid strenuous activity and drink plenty of water if they are outside. Finding shady areas, wearing appropriate light weight clothing and protecting them from the sun with sunglasses and sunscreen are also great practices. Eating lighter foods and frozen snacks can help as well.
We encourage you to get out and enjoy this weather while it lasts – just be smart and do so with safety!