Summer’s coming and the heat is on! Good news for beach goers, sun worshippers and those looking for a little extra dose of Vitamin D to make up for a long winter of indoor living.
But with fun in the sun comes added worry for many family caregivers. Hot weather can be particularly dangerous for seniors who may be vulnerable to health complications from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration. In addition, many seniors take medications that make them particularly susceptible to heat-related health issues. In some cases, seniors may not realize when they are overheating and becoming dehydrated. To keep a senior safe in the summer heat follow these tips:
· Provide plenty of hydrating liquids
· Make sure they wear lightweight loose fitting clothing
· Avoid prolonged periods in the sun and heat
Be alert for signs of weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, heavy sweating or lack of sweating. These signs and any unusual symptoms your loved one may be exhibiting could mean medical support is required.
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