Protecting Your Loved One From Summer Heat | Executive Care of Princeton

Spending quality time outdoors is beneficial for all of us, seniors included.

There are plenty of benefits to enjoying some time outside, but for those in their golden years, the exposure to hot temperatures could prove more dangerous than beneficial.

Changes in physiology often result in the elderly being more susceptible to heat stress. While basic physiological changes can leave your loved one less able to adjust to the heat, persistent health issues or medications could also be impacting his or her body’s ability to regulate temperature in a healthy way.

Why Heat Is a Danger

Heat-related illnesses, which are included under hyperthermia, are able to go from slightly serious to deadly in the right conditions. These illnesses may include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

Don’t forget that there are other health-related issues that could increase the risk of hyperthermia. Knowing what those are could turn out to be lifesaving knowledge for your loved one. 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.

Keeping Your Loved One Safe

Keeping your loved one safe from the dangers of heat doesn’t have to be a difficult or time-consuming task.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

Make sure your loved one isn’t waiting to drink anything until he or she feels thirsty. It’s also important to consider having him or her up fluid intake when spending time in the heat. Be mindful of potential issues certain medical conditions or medications could cause where liquids are concerned, and always check with the doctor first.

If your loved one is using a fan as the lone cooling source, know that this is not the best option from a safety standpoint. He or she should be in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible, but especially between the peak heat times, which are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable, beneficial and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Princeton 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.

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