As we enter into June, many of us are attempting to think of the best way to enjoy this summer without compromising our safety. For seniors, this includes navigating heat waves. As our world grows warmer, it only becomes natural that seniors can prepare themselves against any possible cases of heat related illness. The following article will explore some crucial tactics seniors can protect themselves and beat the heat!
One of the best ways to practice safe summer habits is to always stay hydrated! According to the H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological chemistry, the human body is 60% water. Thus, any excessive water loss due to sweat can massively offset that 60%. Thus, it’s imperative that elderly individuals are always replenishing any lost liquids!
To do this, seniors, or home health aides, can buy reusable water bottles and ensure that it is always filled with refreshing fluids. Make certain that this liquid is hydrating. Inebriants such as alcohol may seem refreshing, yet they tend to leech more water away than they bestow.
If an elderly individual is on a strict “low-liquid” diet from their doctor, they can always reach out for an alternative hydration strategy. By working with the healthcare provider and a home health aide, they can find a workable solution for moving forward!
Plan the Day Around the Heat
A great way to protect against heat induced illnesses is to plan accordingly. Elderly individuals can check the hourly weather forecast and plan to avoid being out there at the hottest moments.
If there is any outdoor activity, seniors should undergo it at times when the sun is not at its most potent. Although this differs from day to day, the sun tends to be at its hottest around 3pm.
They can also check the local heat index. Akin to a wind chill, the heat index reveals the rate of humidity in the air around them. By factoring in temperature and humidity, the heat index can reveal how hot it actually feels!
Take Protective Clothing and Screen Measures
One of the best ways to protect against heat induced illness is to dress appropriately. Seniors should wear clothing that will not absorb residual heat, nor cling to clothing. Any clothing should be light colored, loose fitting, and be neither thick or heavy. When possible, seniors should protect their eyes with prescription sunglasses, and protect their face with a wide-brimmed hat.
If your loved one is suffering hyperthermia, they may benefit from treatment with a chiropractor, like a chiropractor from Acupractic Natural Healing Center at Eastowne. Call today to make an appointment.