Summer Safety Tips for Seniors during extreme heat

For many of us, the summer is a time for outdoor fun and cool drinks on the patio. But for seniors, especially those with health problems, the summer heat can be debilitating and even deadly. It’s no secret that the elderly are more susceptible to extreme weather, especially in climates that regularly climb above 90 degrees.

When facing a heat wave, older adults should remember these tips on how to avoid getting overheated:

• Watch the weather reports and stock up on necessities beforehand when you know a hot spell is coming

• Whenever possible, stay indoors and drink plenty of cool liquids

• Stay away from alcoholic beverages as it inhibits the body’s ability to compensate for temperature changes

• If you don’t have air conditioning, have several fans available to cool off your home

• In the event an older adult becomes overheated:

• Move to a cooler environment, lie down and drink water as soon as possible

• Stop any physical activity you are engaged in and rest in the shade

• Apply cold, wet compresses to your neck, head, underarms and groin area

• If possible, immerse yourself in cold water

For more information, call Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, 203-531-1335.

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