With age, seniors can’t adjust their bodies to high temperatures as well as they did when they were younger, so they have to be careful of overheating and heat stroke during the summer. They are also more likely to become dehydrated which will increase their risk.
This is a list of ways to stay cool this summer and to help avoid overheating or heat stroke:
- Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day
- Eat cooling snacks like Popsicles
- Eat light, cold meals like chicken or pasta salad
- Place a cool washcloth on the back of the neck
- Sit with your feet in a pan of cool water
- Keep the house as cool as possible (keep shades closed)
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing in light colored cotton
- When in public, visit a cooling center like a recreation center
- Take a cool shower, bath, or washcloth wipe-down
- Cover up with a flexible ice blanket
Information provided by DailyCaring.