Summer is almost here, so it's a good time to remember that older adults are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Here are some safety tips:
1. Drink plenty of water. Older people have a diminished sensitivity to thirst, so watch fluid intake.
2. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, preferable made of natural fibers, like cotton.
3. Eat regularly, but watch salt intake.
4. Avoid alcohol which can be dehydrating.
5. Try to stay indoors during peak temperatures.
6. Studies have shown that a cool bath or shower is more effective for cooling down than a fan, so take advantage of your tub!
7. If the home is too warm, consider a visit to the mall or library.
8. Respiratory or other chronic illnesses may be aggravated by warm weather, so pay special attention to them.
9. Some medications can interfere with sweating and react with sunlight, so check with your doctor.
10. Check on any elderly neighbors and make sure their home is cool enough.
(Taken from Caregivers' Corner)