When the sun is out, so are many seniors. Theres plenty of fun to be had in the summer months but
caregivers and their seniors also face unique risks.
According to the CDC, around 31% of weather-related deaths in the US are due to heat-related issues.
Seniors,especially those with cardiovascular issues, are at increased risk of health problems resulting from heat exposure.
Caregivers and seniors can stay cool using these tips.
Tips for Seniors: Pay Attention to Heat Wave Reports
When you check the weather, pay attention to reports of
heat waves. A combination of humidity and temperature,
heat waves can affect the body temperature dangerously.
There are three progressive levels of heat wave indicators to look for:
Excessive Heat Excessive Heat Heat Advisory Watch Warning
A heat watch indicates that a heat wave may be swelling up,
increasing the risk of heat-related health problems. At this
point, relocate any outdoor plans you have for the next two days to the indoors.
Heat warnings indicate a heat wave is imminent. Seniors
should prepare for outages and being homebound for a few
days. Once a heat advisory is issued, seniors need to stay
inside cool buildings and drink plenty of water.
Tip: Find Cool Places to Spend Time
Air conditioning enables people to enjoy summer comfortably and safely. Some states offer low-
income citizens, including many seniors, financial assistance paying energy bills. Another option
for staying cool indoors is visiting places with air conditioning, like senior centers, movie
theaters, or local libraries.
Dont add heat to everyday living when its already hot
outside. Take lukewarm or cool showers or baths. Eat cold
meals or room temperature foods. Seek transportation
help instead of waiting outside for public transit.
Tip: Dress for Summer Weather Light, airy clothing is best in the heat.
Tight, dark, thick clothing can be problematic. To ensure comfort in air
conditioning and outdoors, dress in easy to remove layers.
Tip: Know How to Get Cool Quickly
If someone is overheated or begins to show signs of heat-related health
problems, get them cool quickly. Getting cool can prevent overheating
from becoming a medical problem or reduce the severity of a heat-
Home Care Tip:
Summer is exciting, but its also naturally taxing on the body. Stay safe while
enjoying outdoor activities.
Create A Plan
Craft a plan of what your summer adventure will look like. When making
your plan, take into consideration your grandparents mobility and the
physical demands of events.
The Plan Should Include:
What time youll pick your loved one up.
The fun activities that will make up your day.
Plan for rest breaks in between activities. How often you rest will depend
upon the type of activity as well as your loved ones health condition. Some
individuals will need more frequent and longer rest breaks than others.
Plan on meals, snacks and water throughout the day.
Make sure to choose activities that you think your grandparent will enjoy and ones
they are physically able to do. Keep it simple and choose public spaces that arent
too crowded or loud. If you can choose a place that is familiar to them and has fond
memories, that can be a big plus.