Summertime Safety Tips for Seniors | Executive Care of Fort Myers
We’re about a month away from the start of the summer season, so there is no better time than now to review some helpful summertime safety tips for seniors.
Keeping the Summer Safe
Before we dive in deeper, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:
- Keep cool.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Take breaks during physical activity.
- Use bug spray.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.
Be sure to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This way seniors will know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.
Make sure the air conditioning is working properly in your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.
Dangers That Come With Hot Weather
Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Out of those, many individuals were over the age of 50.
Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. Reasons can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.
Some common health issues that accompany high temperatures include:
- Heat stroke
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
Reviewing the signs and symptoms of the various heat-related health issues can prove to be a lifesaver. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of on their own, there are some cases where a doctor’s help or hospitalization may be required.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Fort Myers 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.