Hot Weather Preparedness Tips for SeniorsPosted on June 16, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Education, Healthy Living
Seniors are more prone to heat-related health problems than younger people.
Nearly all of a senior’s internal organs function with less efficiency, especially those that help the body deal with heat. Also, most seniors are on combinations of medications that further slow the body’s ability to deal with heat.
Here are some general guidelines to provide basic information about maintaining well being when the weather is hot.
1. Drink Plenty of Water – don’t wait until you’re thirsty. You lose a lot
of water through perspiration. Carry a water bottle with you if you are able.
2. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine – they cause your body to lose more water.
3. Stay in a Well-Ventilated Area – circulation of air helps you keep
cool. Open a window or turn on a fan or air conditioner. Remember to buy a fan in advance.
4. Dress “Cool” – Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunscreen, and a broad-brimmed hat.
5. Avoid Unnecessary Activity – especially in a hot environment.
6. Know Your Medication – the heat may affect your reaction to certain medications.
7. Have a Friend Check up on you – plan to have a friend check on you at different times of the day when the temperature is extremely high.
8. Plan Ahead – try to plan your outside activities during the coolest part of the day, early in the morning or later in the evening.
9. Take Your Time – leave plenty of extra time so you don’t have to run
around in a hurry.
10. Eat Light Meals.