Preparing Seniors for Summer Heat
Did you know that older adults need to be more careful of overheating and heat stroke because their bodies can’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger bodies can?
In fact, 40% of heat-related deaths in the U.S. were among people over 65, according to a University of Chicago Medical Center study.
With high temperatures right around the corner, it's important to prepare your loved ones for summer heat!
With the help of www.dailycaring.com, we have come up with 10 practical, senior-friendly ways to help keep your loved ones cool indoors!
10 Ways to Prepare Seniors for Summer Heat
1. Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day (don’t rely on feeling thirsty!) and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
2. Eat cooling snacks like homemade popsicles (with cupcake liner as drip catcher), frozen peas, or slightly frozen grapes.
3. Eat light, cold meals like chicken or pasta salad instead of heavy, hot dishes like pot roast.
4. Place a cool washcloth on the back of the neck and a pan of cool water close by to periodically re-cool the towel.
5. Sit with feet in a pan of cool (but not too cold) water.
6. Keep the house as cool as possible by keeping shades closed during the hottest part of the day and using inexpensive solar curtains.
7. Wear layers of lightweight clothing in light colored cotton so it’s easy to adjust to the temperature throughout the day by removing or adding layers.
8. Visit a public cooling center like a recreation center, senior center, library, coffee shop, or shopping mall.
9. Take a cool shower, bath, or washcloth wipe-down. For maximum cooling, keep the water just below body temperature.
10. Cover up with a flexible ice blanket – use a thin towel to keep the ice away from direct skin contact
Information By DailyCaring Editorial Team Source: CDC Image: Paradise Living Centers