7 Ways For Seniors To Stay Cool This Summer
Posted on June 12, 2015
Updated 8/25/15 11:04am | As
summer rolls around, Alert1 wants to highlight the importance of seniors beating
the heat and keeping away from high temperatures. The elderly become more
sensitive to heat as they get older. Also, many seniors
that take multiple medications that make them more susceptible to harmful
rays from the sun. Here are some tips to help your loved ones stay safe,
happy and healthy in the heat.
Bring your Senior Help Button
The Alert1 Kelsi Mobile Medical Alert System is a wireless system that your senior
can take anywhere. In the summer months, seniors are at high risk for heat
stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. The Kelsi
mobile alert gets help at the push of a button, and it works up to 2 months
on a single charge. This GPS
friendly device will allow your senior to be able to enjoy the outdoors and
summer weather without worry.
Seniors: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
This tip is useful for seniors
and youth alike. Because of high temperatures, we sweat more. In order to
maintain healthy bodily function, seniors
need to stay hydrated.
water is always an excellent option, you may want to also incorporate drinks
that have electrolytes. When we sweat, we lose the minerals that help us absorb
the nutrients essential to a healthy body. Aquahydrate®, Zico Coconut Water® and Gatorade® all have the electrolytes needed
to replace the minerals you lose when you sweat. Try and sip liquids
consistently throughout the day.
Also, stay away from caffeine.
Caffeine is a diuretic, and makes it much easier for the body to become
Change Your Senior Wardrobe
If your senior is planning to be
outside for most of their day, make sure they are wearing loose, breathable
clothing. This prevents heat from getting trapped against their body. Light
colored clothes are also beneficial because they reflect the sun and do not
absorb the heat.
A wide brimmed hat is very
useful to keep the sun off their head, neck and shoulders. Aging eyes take
longer to adjust to changes in light than their younger counterparts. Sunglasses
are important to protect aging eyes.
Seniors Should Avoid Hot Foods
Summer is a wonderful time to eat
fruits and veggies. Instead of cooking a hot meal for your senior, prepare them
a salad or smoothie. This helps keep your senior and his/her living space much
cooler. Some chilled avocado soup or an Asian rotisserie chicken salad are two
great, no-cook recipe ideas to help cool off! Switch up
your senior diet and enjoy seasonal varieties you don’t regularly eat.
Seniors Should Avoid Direct Sunlight
advantage of the early morning and late evening hours. Temperatures will still
be warm, but they will be easier to bear. If your senior needs to go outside
during the midday or afternoon hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), try to limit the
amount of time in the sun. Also, make sure they are wearing sunscreen, SPF 30
or higher! Seniors should use protective eyewear to preserve their vision.
Cool or Lukewarm Baths for Seniors
Cool or lukewarm baths or showers
will help your senior stay comfortable in the heat. The evaporation will help
remove the heat from your senior’s body, leaving them refreshed and comfortable.
If you and your senior
aren’t near a shower or bath, you can wet a towel and place it around their
neck to remove some heat. Today’s advancements
in bathroom technology help seniors find comfort and added protection in
Know the Senior Warning Signs
heat, try to check on your loved one at least twice a day. If your senior
begins to experience dizziness, breathing problems, rapid heartbeat, headache,
nausea, or fainting, press their Alert1 emergency call button or call 911.
Your senior doesn’t have to stay
indoors during the hotter months. When you take the right precautions, you and your
aging loved ones can have a cool and enjoyable summer.
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