How seniors can stay cool and safe this summer

Summer heat staying safe

Summertime can be full of fun in the sun, but when you are an older adult it can also lead to serious health complications. According to the EPA, thousands of people get sick and or worse have died due to extreme weather conditions.

Take a minute to read these potentially life saving tips that could prevent a trip to the emergency room for you or your loved one.  


Why is heat dangerous?

Warm weather is always very welcomed after our Pacific North West winters and late springs. A dramatic rise in temperatures is a cause for alarm amongst people over the age of 65 due to the way their body handles heat. People over 65 handle heat differently because:

  • They have slower circulation and therefore sweat less
  • Have conditions that get worse on hot days such as diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure
  • Are dehydrated but don't feel thirsty
  • May be living in smaller spaces that may lack adequate ventilation
  • Visiting very crowded areas for an extended period of time
  • Over dressing for the actual temperature

Knowing these potential dangers of heat will ensure you are able to see warning signs sooner.


6 signs my loved one is suffering from the heat.

People deal with heat in different ways, but it is important to know the basic signs of heat related illnesses. The most common signs of heat related sickness are:

  • Feeling faint or experiencing dizziness
  • The swelling of hands or feet, otherwise known as edema
  • Cramps in legs or arms
  • Shaking uncontrollably
  •  Rapid change in attitude 
  •  Accelerated pulse and flushed skin
If you see a person over the age of 65 exhibiting any of these symptoms it is best to call 911, remove them from the direct sunlight, and suggest they lie down. Encourage the individual to liquids (but not alcohol or caffeinated drinks). If possible have the person take a cool shower to help cool down their inner body temperature. Continue to seek help if you feel they are in danger.  


4 ways you can help prevent heatstroke and exhaustion.

Know you know why heat is dangerous and what the warning signs are-let's talk about how we can prevent these scary situations in the first place. 

  • Drink more fluids than you think you need-many people over 65 are chronically dehydrated.
  • Stay indoors a much as possible on exceptional hot days. Remain in shady areas if you must leave the house.
  • Wear clothing that helps keep you cool-loose fitting natural bright fabrics will do the trick!
  • Stay connected! Make sure you reach out or touch base with people over 65 when weather temps rise! 

SeaCare In-Home Care Services wants you to stay safe in these beautiful Washington summer months! Thanks for stopping by and learning from us!

We hope this have been a helpful reminder of the importance of heat health this summer! SeaCare In-Home Care Services hope you learned

  1. Why the heat can be dangerous.
  2. The signs of heat related illnesses.
  3. Ways to help individuals suffering from a heat accident
  4. Ways to prevent heat related incidents from happening in the future

If you or a loved one you know are looking for additional support during these summer months and would interested in speaking with a SeaCare In-Home Care family member about your support options please reach out today!

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