By late summer, most everyone is getting more excited about leaving hot days behind. But sometimes summer has a few more weeks of heated weather in store. You should still keep some of these tips in mind during late summer.
Encourage Her to Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking plenty of water can help your elderly family member’s body to keep itself cooler. He definitely doesn’t want to drink too much water, either, so it’s important to sip throughout the day. Be careful of water temperature, too. Water that’s too cold can cause stomach cramps or make him feel uncomfortable.
Loose, Cool Clothing Is a Good Option
Light, loose clothing is optimal for hot, sticky weather. Clothing made from natural fabrics, such as cotton, can help to wick away moisture and keep your senior feeling cooler. If he’s going to be outside, though, long sleeves and pants can help to protect against sun exposure. Just make sure that clothing is light-colored and loose as well.
Use Fans and Air Conditioning as Much as Possible
Fans help to circulate the air and can help your elderly family member to feel cooler. Make sure that they’re set to a speed that is comfortable for your senior. Air conditioning is optimal, especially during the hottest part of the day. Portable air conditioners may be an option if your elderly family member doesn’t want to run a central air system.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Overheating
Heat stroke is a serious condition and can be devastating for your aging adult. He may start out feeling a little overheated, but symptoms can quickly escalate. Watch for signs of a headache, dizziness, or even a lack of sweat even though it’s extremely hot. Rapid breathing or heartbeat can also be signs to watch for in your elderly family member.
Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor
Your aging adult might be taking medications or have health conditions that make him more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Talk with your senior’s doctor about what you need to look for and whether there are any special precautions you should take. Your senior’s doctor can even let you know what to do in an emergency while you wait for help to arrive.
Elderly care providers can help your senior to stay on target when it comes to avoiding heat illnesses, too. This is especially helpful when you’re not able to be there with your elderly family member but you want to make sure that he’s okay.
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