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    Summer Health Tips for Seniors

    The summer heat is on. Though summer is time for more leisure activities, fun, and vacations, the health condition should not be taken lightly that can be affected by the summer heat. Young ones and older ones need to consider the health effects of the summer heat such as heat stroke (as the most fatal) and those other related injuries caused by the summer heat such as cramps caused by lack of water intake, nausea and weakness as well as headaches caused by exhaustion due to the summer heat.

    Further, the seniors are more prone to these heat-related diseases because they are more insensitive to heat compared to the younger ones. They are most likely unnoticing the signs of warning of these heat-related diseases or injuries. It is because as a person becomes older, the response of the body to temperatures that are higher also changes.


    The following are 10 summer health tips dedicated for the seniors or the elderly to beat the heat:

    1) Reduce strenous activities. When the heat rises to high temperatures, seniors should be kept at cool places out from the sun such as air-conditioned rooms. They should also be advised to lessen their strenous, physical activities because the more they perform movements, the higher the body temperature will rise.


    2) Keep hydrating. Seniors should have plenty of water intake like 4-8 glasses a day even though they do not feel thirsty. It is recommended also to minimize their intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, grab a glass of water or any sports drink instead. Also, eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help hydrate the body as well as keeping the body healthy. In order to know that there is proper hydration, the urine must already be in clear color.


    3) Avoid too much of sun. Use sunblock with at least SPF 15 or higher when going outdoors especially for prolonged length of time , even for cloudy or hazy days.


    4) Wear a cool dress. To avoid heat-related injuries, seniors must wear a cool clothing, light colored ones and loose lightweight dress to help in maintaining the normal body temperature.


    5) When going outdoors also, put on more layers of cloths and when going indoors turn on the air conditioning and other ventilating equipments to prevent the body from experiencing too much temperature changes.


    6) When planning for an outing or picnic with the seniors coming along, prefer places with cool shades and ventilation such as covered places and shaded trees to conduct your fun activities with the seniors.


    7) A time for ice cream scream. Give everyone, even the seniors, a cool treat like ice creams, popsicles, and any other frozen refreshing treats to keep everyone cool during the hot season.


    8) According to Comfort Keepers In-Home Care | Senior Care | Elder Care "Beware of medications and/or senior diets that can increase risk - Hot weather can accelerate dehydration, especially in people who are taking medications that have the side effects of fluid and electrolyte loss. Many medications, particularly antibiotics and diuretics can block the body's natural ability to cope with the sun and heat. You should always check with a pharmacist or doctor to ensure that medications will not cause you or your loved ones to be more susceptible to heat-related problems. Also, if seniors are on a low carbohydrate diet, be sure they drink plenty of fluids, as the additional proteins in this diet can cause the body to heat up more quickly."


    9) Have someone to keep the senior's safety at all times like a neighbor to check on them daily while you are out of the house and also provide your seniors with relevant contact numbers in times of emergency.


    10) If ever you observe signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration such as weakness, nausea, no or heavy sweating, rapid pulse, and/orfainting, move immediately the affected senior to the nearest cool shade and provide with ventilation and hydrants like cool juice or water. Also, you can help increase the cool by applying cold compress and calling for medical assistance as soon as it is necessary.


    Sources: comfortkeepers

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    Re: Summer Health Tips for Seniors

    Top Ten Tips on Keeping Seniors Safe in Summer Heat

    From Living Independently Group

    ● Drink plenty of liquids -- eight or more 8-ounce glasses per day and or fruit juices -- every day to stay hydrated.

    ● Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

    ● Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton and dress in light colors that will reflect the sun and heat instead of darker colors that will attract them.

    ● When outdoors, protect your skin from damage by wearing hats, sunglasses and a sunscreen of 30 SPF or more.

    ● Stay indoors during extreme heat.

    ● If you do not have air conditioning in your apartment, go somewhere that does. A movie theater, the mall, a friend or relative's home or a community senior center are all good options.

    ● If you need to get out of the house and don't drive a car, call a taxi, a friend or a transportation service. Do NOT wait outside for the bus in extreme heat.

    ● If you are absolutely unable to leave the house and do not have air conditioning, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature on extremely hot days.

    ● Temperatures inside the home should not exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods of time.

    ● Know the signs of heat stroke (e.g flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness and confusion) and take immediate action if you feel them coming on



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    Re: Summer Health Tips for Seniors

    Some Useful Tips

    1) Reduce strenuous activities.

    When the heat rises to high temperatures, seniors should try to avoid the sun by staying indoors in air-conditioned comfort. They should try to reduce strenuous, physical activities because the more they do, the higher the body temperature will rise.


    2) Keep hydrated
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    Seniors should try to increase their water intake during summer months. Encourage them to have 4-8 glasses a day. They should try to minimise their intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help hydrate the body as well as keeping the body healthy.


    3) Avoid direct sunlight.

    Seniors should try to avoid the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day. If it is necessary to go outdoors, cover up and use plenty of sun cream.


    4) Wear cool clothing.

    To avoid heat-related injuries, seniors should wear cool light coloured clothing. This will help maintain a normal body temperature.


    5) Choose shady locations.

    If planning an outdoor activity with seniors try to choose covered or shady locations with a cool breeze.


    6) Spoil seniors with cool treats.

    Treat seniors with a cool water based iceblock to keep them hydrated, refreshed and cool.


    7) Be aware of medications.

    Hot weather can accelerate dehydration, especially in people who are taking medications that have side effects of fluid and electrolyte loss. Many medications, particularly antibiotics and diuretics can block the body’s natural ability to cope with sun and heat. You should always check with a pharmacist or doctor to ensure that medications will not cause seniors increased heat-related problems.


    8) Keep a look out for early warning signs.

    Watch out for heat exhaustion warning signs such as weakness, nausea, heavy sweating, rapid pulse, and/or fainting. Move the affected senior to the nearest cool shady place and provide them with water. Wet a towel or something similar and apply to the forehead and call for medical assistance.


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    Re: Summer Health Tips for Seniors

    I knew its little old post, but still likes to give some summer health tips for seniors, as they really mean to us. I think seniors should also need to take much care of there diet and whatever they eat. They should avoid eating too much of eggs, spices and red meat, as it could lead to some health problems in summer, eating fish would be a better idea. After that wearing light dress, avoiding sun, eating fresh fruits, vegetables and juices would also help their way.

    Last edited by sumathisrini; 2nd Feb 2013 at 12:24 PM.
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