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7 Ways For Seniors To Stay Cool This Summer

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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

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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

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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.

While 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 dehydrated.

Change Your Senior Wardrobe

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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

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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

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Take 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

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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 the lavatory.

Know the Senior Warning Signs

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In the 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. 

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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.