Steps for Seniors in Hazardous Heat

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The extreme hot weather can be hazardous to one’s health. Seniors are especially vulnerable to heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  Please take precautions. Check on your elderly neighbors, family, and friends. Here are a few tips to help everyone, especially seniors, remain safe in the heat.

 

Drink Lots of Liquids

Dehydration is the root of many heat-related health problems. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water and/or juice. However, one should avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually make dehydration worse.

 

Wear the Correct Clothing

Dark colors tend to make one feel hotter. Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes. And don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat.

 

Stay Indoors

Stay inside under the air conditioner. If you must go out do so before 10 am or in the evening after 6 pm.  Or, go to your local Senior Center to stay cool, socialize and have lunch! Go to: https://valleyareaaging.org/resources/senior-centers/ to find a senior center near you.

 

Relax

Avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or anything that would cause you to sweat when it’s very hot out.

Keep an eye on the temperature

High humidity and temperatures cause effects the body’s ability to cool (also known as sweating). Keep an eye on the temperature, and that includes the heat index via your local news, weather app, or radio.

 

Keep it Cool

Turn on your air conditioner!  If you do not have an air conditioner go to a place that does like the mall, library, movie theater or local senior center. Some senior centers, churches and community centers are “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Go to:  https://valleyareaaging.org/resources/senior-centers/  and click on “click here to view a list of senior centers” to locate the center nearest you.  If so absolutely cannot get to an air-conditioned facility, cool down will a nice cool shower or bath.

Learn how there’s an elderly death risk linked to higher temperatures and get info on dealing with elderly dehydration.