In the winter there is a much needed heightened awareness of the health and well-being of seniors. We fear they might be too cold or they might slip and fall on hidden ice patches and hurt themselves. But it’s not just in the winter months that we should concern ourselves with the well-being of our seniors. Kenneth Rozenberg has a few tips that can help seniors bear the sweltering and sometimes dangerous heat of summer.
First, make sure that you check on your elderly relatives or friends on a regular basis. Be sure they are keeping hydrated. Dehydration in the elderly increases during the warmer months more so than that of younger people. You should also be very careful about applying sunscreen before going out into the sun. If you’re planning an outdoor event that will include seniors be sure there is ample shade for them to make use of as the temperature rises.
You should also pay special attention to the medications that they are taking. Kenneth Rozenberg reminds everyone during these hot summer months that some medications make the user more susceptible to heat and humidity. You should also be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you notice any of signs such as weakness, nausea, no or heavy sweating, rapid pulse, and/or fainting, move the person to the coolest area immediately and call professional medical help.