Summer is officially here! As our temperatures rise, it's important to keep in mind that this season brings special challenges to seniors. To help have a safe and healthy summer, follow these important warm weather tips...
Keep Cool -- Even small increases in temperature can challenge seniors coping with chronic medical conditions. If a senior's home isn't air-conditioned, find a nearby location like a senior center, shopping mall, movie theater or public library to provide respite and welcome on hot days. It's also a great opportunity for seniors to get out of the house and get some exercise, without the exhaustion of the heat.
Stay Hydrated -- Our elder loved ones are more susceptible to dehydration because they lose the ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes.
Protect Your Eyes -- Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve vision. Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage.
Stay in Touch -- Caregivers should check on the welfare of seniors twice daily since high temperatures can be life-threatening. Communication plays an important role. For seniors, you should let friends and family know if you'll be spending an extended period of time outdoors, even if you're only taking a short walk or gardening.