Ways to Protect Seniors From Heat Dangers | Executive Care of North Dallas
The summer season is here, and with it comes more opportunities for those of all ages to spend quality time outdoors.
There can be many benefits to spending time outdoors for the elderly, but if not monitored, the heat could become too much for them.
Changes in physiology can leave elderly adults more open to suffer issues from heat stress. The aging process can make it more difficult for the body to adjust to sudden temperature changes, and this could also be influenced by medical issues, medications and general issues with regulating temperature or sweat.
Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, are not only risky, but can become deadly in the right circumstances. These illnesses can include:
- Heat stroke
- Heat edema
- Heat syncope
- Heat cramps
- Heat exhaustion
The risk of hyperthermia can be influenced by other health-related issues. Knowing what those are can turn out to be a lifesaver. 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 a great deal overweight or underweight
- Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.
Keeping Your Loved One Safe in the Heat
Worried that keeping your loved one safe from the heat will be a tall order? Don’t be! Helping him or her staying cool doesn’t have to be a challenge.
There are two easy ways to keep your loved one safe in the heat: make sure he or she is staying hydrated and cool.
Don’t allow your loved one to solely rely on a fan for cooling purposes, and be sure he or she is spending enough time inside air-conditioned buildings. The peak heat times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so it’s best for prolonged exposure to be limited during them.
Upping water intake when spending time in the sun is wise, and encourage your loved one to drink even when he or she is not thirsty. Be advised: There can be health conditions and medications that call for fluid limitations, so it’s always best to consult with the doctor about what is the right amount of fluid for your loved one to take in.
This season is one to be enjoyed by all, and these safety tips can help ensure your aging loved one is able to enjoy the fun of summer as well.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of North Dallas 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.