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Prevent Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Summer is approaching and although it is an exciting time, we need to keep an eye on our senior loved ones in extreme heat situations. It can be very easy for seniors and elderly adults to feel harmful effects of the heat, but there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself or your senior loved one.

  1. Protect your skin. When you’re outside, wear a hat, sunglasses, and sun block with an SPF of 30 or more.
  2. Dress light. Wear clothing that is light, and loose fitting. Wearing light colours that reflect the sun as opposed to dark colours that attract it, will help too.
  3. Drink lots of liquids. Water is best, but at least 8 reasonably sized glasses per day of water or fruit juices will keep your body well hydrated.
  4. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These types of beverages only dehydrate your body further.
  5. Stay out of extreme heat. On a really hot day, stay inside where you can be cool.
  6. Call for transportation. Don’t wait outside for the bus on extremely hot days. Call a friend, a cab, or a seniors’ transportation service.
  7. Take cool baths or showers. If you feel overheated, take a colder bath or shower than you normally would.

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that you are taking care of yourself or your loved one this summer. Know the signs of heat exhaustion: flushed face, high body temperature, headache, dizziness, disorientation, a fast heartbeat. If you feel any of these, call 911 immediately.

If you have a senior loved one that you are caring for, be sure to check in on them and insist that they follow a few rules to stay cool.

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