Snowbirds go South for the Winter, but how do Senior “Sunbirds” handle Summer heat? Traveling to a more desirable climate is not always the answer and fewer options exist for Senior travel. Heat-related deaths have increased with the Center for Disease Control reporting 39% of heat-related deaths occurring in people over the age of 65. How to keep you and your elderly parents cool? Keep reading.
How To Unsizzle
Older adults are found reaching for their sweaters even in summer. This is a result of poor circulation, either in itself or due to side effects of other diagnoses or medications. Refer to and follow recommended approaches to beat the heat.
- AVOID direct exposure to sun.
- SEEK air conditioning. If necessary, visit a library, mall, or Senior Center. Seniors with low incomes may receive assistance with utility bills from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at 866-674-6327.
- HYDRATE by drinking plenty of cool water and clear juices. Avoid caffeinated drinks.
- DRESS in loose clothing, preferably light-colored. Wear hats to shade faces.
- APPLY sunscreen.
- BE COOL and take tepid showers or baths. Wet washcloths applied to wrists, ankles, and necks offer cool relief.
What About Heat Stroke?
Enjoyable elder activities in the summer carry the responsibility of knowing how too much sun may have serious effects.
Heatstroke occurs when the body overheats (104°) and if not treated may cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, or muscles. Symptoms include flushed skin, nausea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate or sudden headache. Seek immediate medical help. While waiting find shade, loosen clothing, and apply cold packs or cool cloths to the head, neck, and groin.
Heat exhaustion, a body temperature between 98.6° – 104°, may lead to heatstroke and is demonstrated by symptoms such as muscle cramps, weakness, cold or clammy skin. Be in tune with your body. Stay cool and remain hydrated.
Bridge to Better Living helps Seniors in all types of weather. We want you to be comfortable while transitioning to Retirement Life. Contact Bridge to Better Living today.