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Helping Keep Seniors Safe From Summertime Heat | Executive Care of Great Neck

Regardless of your age, there is always joy in enjoying quality outdoors time during the summer.

While enjoying time outside may have some excellent benefits for older adults, it’s vital that you take precautions so that the heat does not turn dangerous for your aging loved one.

There are many reasons why older adults can be more susceptible to heat stress, with the main culprit being bodily changes. An elderly adult might not be able to adjust as quickly or as well to higher temperatures, could have possible chronic health conditions, or may be taking medications that result in the body having a harder time regulating temperature.

Heat That Can Be Harmful

Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, are not just serious risks, but in the right situations, could turn deadly. These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

There are other health-related factors that may boost the risk of hyperthermia, so make sure you are familiar with them as it could be a lifesaver. Some of these factors are:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

Keeping Seniors Safe

It doesn’t have to be difficult keeping your loved one protected from the risks heat can present this summer if you follow some simple guidelines.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

It is also wise to limit the time spent outdoors during the prime heat time, which is usually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You should also make sure fans are not being relied upon as a sole cooling source. Your loved one will be much more comfortable and safer in air-conditioning when the temperatures heat up.

Be sure your loved one is increasing water intake when enjoying time outdoors this summer. Also, it’s best to drink before he or she is even thirsty. Keep in mind, there are some medical conditions and medications that may call for restricted fluids or limitations, so speak with your loved one’s doctor first.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Great Neck can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.


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