Ways to Protect Seniors From Heat Dangers | Executive Care of Morristown
Summertime is the perfect opportunity for some quality outdoor time for those of all ages!
While there are many benefits to spending time outdoors for seniors, the hot temperatures can quickly prove dangerous for your loved one.
Changes in physiology can leave the elderly more likely to suffer from heat stress. Not only is it more difficult for their bodies to adjust to the heat to begin with, but health issues can factor in as well. The types of medication they are taking can also impact the body’s ability to regulate temperature and sweat control.
Heat Is Dangerous
Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, can easily become a life-threatening danger for the elderly. Included in this list are:
- Heat stroke
- Heat edema
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
- Heat cramps
Other factors related to health can also increase the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them to help keep your loved one safe. Some of these factors include:
- 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.
Protecting Your Loved One
You shouldn’t worry about keeping your loved one safe from the heat, as it doesn’t have to prove difficult or time-consuming.
There are two simple ways to make sure your loved one is staying safe in the heat, and they are staying hydrated and cool.
It may be smart for older adults to increase their water intake if they are spending extra time out in the high temperatures. Also, make sure they are drinking water even when they don’t feel thirsty. Because some medical conditions and medications can call for fluid limitations, it is best to consult with their doctor as well.
The peak heat times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., which means your loved one should be avoiding too much exposure during these hours. It is best to stay inside an air-conditioned area during those times and not solely rely on a fan as the only source of cooling.
We can all enjoy the summertime, and these safety tips can help ensure your aging loved one is able to enjoy the fun of summer as well.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Morristown 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.