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SUMMER HEALTH TIPS FOR SENIORS


When the sun is out, so are many seniors. There’s plenty of fun to be had in the summer months but caregivers and their seniors also face unique risks.

Stay Healthy This Summer: Tips for Seniors

According to the CDC, around 31% of weather-related deaths in the US are due to heat-related issues. Seniors, especially those with cardiovascular issues, are at increased risk of health problems resulting from heat exposure. Caregivers and seniors can stay cool using these tips.

Tip 1: Pay Attention to Heat Wave Reports

When you check the weather, pay attention to reports of heat waves. A combination of humidity and temperature, heat waves can affect the body temperature dangerously. There are three progressive levels of heat wave indicators to look for:

• Excessive Heat Watch

• Excessive Heat Warning

• Heat Advisory

A heat watch indicates that a heat wave may be swelling up, increasing the risk of heat-related health problems. At this point, relocate any outdoor plans you have for the next two days to the indoors.Heat warnings indicate a heat wave is imminent. Seniors should prepare for outages and being home bound for a few days. Once a heat advisory is issued, seniors need to stay inside cool buildings and drink plenty of water. (Red Cross)

Tip 2: Stay Hydrated

One of the best ways to prevent heat-related health problems is simply to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine, which actually dehydrates the body. Drink 8 glasses of water, fruit juices, and even healthy sports drinks to stay cool and filled up with needed fluid.

Tip 3: Protect your Skin