How to Help the Elderly Beat the Summer Heat

elderly summer heat

Are you worried for your elderly loved one and the high temperatures coming this summer?  Not to worry – we’ve got you covered!  The team at Choice Health Management is here to offer support and tips that will help you keep your loved one safe and healthy through the hot summer months.

  1. Stay Hydrated – As you age, your ability to hold water and your ability to know when you’re thirsty deteriorate. This make it even more important to push the fluids when your aging loved one is outdoors.
  2. Medication Reactions to Heat – When temperatures rise above 78 degrees, the effectiveness of some medications decrease. Know the medications your aging loved one is on and which ones are most affected by the heat.
  3. Stay Cool – Get your aging loved one out of the house to visit other cool, air-conditioned destinations like the mall, the grocery store, library or movie theater. This will allow your loved one to get out, remain cool and get some much needed exercise.
  4. Stay in Touch – On hot days, check on your aging loved one even more, and consider asking neighbors to also check in with them. When outdoors doing enjoyable activities like gardening, many individuals can lose track of time and stay out in the sun longer than they planned.
  5. Summer Dress – Be sure to check your aging loved one’s summer wardrobe to see that they have plenty of cool outfit choices. Look for cool, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing options that are made of cotton instead of synthetic fibers.
  6. Protect Skin – The elderly population is affected more intensely by west nile virus and encephalitis, which is why you need to be pushing bug spray use as well as sunscreen use.
  7. Know the Warning Signs – If your loved one did get too much sun, know when to seek medical attention for hyperthermia or heat stroke. These signs include:
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Flushed skin
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Heavy breathing
  • Not sweating
  • Fainting

We hope these tips help you protect your aging loved ones from the summer heat.  If you have questions or concerns about caring for your aging loved one, please reach out to our team right away!