Summer Heat and the Elderly

Summertime brings many people outdoors to enjoy barbecues, pool time and of course the bright, sunny days. But as Arizonans know, even as we approach Labor Day weekend summers here last typically in to the final days of September.  The summer sun and record heats can quickly put our health in danger. Steps to stay cool need to be taken, especially by our senior population who are more prone to heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Cypress HomeCare offers these simple steps:

The senior population is more prone to heat-related illnesses.

  1. Hydrate
  2. Hydrate
  3. Hydrate!

On average a person requires 8 to 12 glasses of water a day in order to regulate their body temperature. As temperature soar, your body starts to perspire more as a way of keeping itself cool, this perspiration depletes the body of its water stores and therefore increases your need of this essential fluid.

Simply staying indoors during the hottest part of the day can go a long way in preventing dehydration. This may mean switching your mid-afternoon walks to cooler hours of the day such as the morning and evening. It may even mean going to the local Mall near your home so that you can get your exercise in and stay cool.  If you must go outside, make sure to take frequent breaks in the shade and carry water with you. If you feel heat exhaustion setting in, quickly return to an air-conditioned environment and alert someone. Placing a cold towel behind your knees and on your forehead can help your body return to its normal temperature quicker.

Finally, watching your food intake can also help you stay healthy in the summer heat. Increasing your potassium intake will help keep you cool, as this is the first nutrient your body depletes when perspiring.  Steer clear of eating too much protein, as it increases your body’s heat production. And while the summer just wouldn’t be the same without a frosty margarita be careful not to over indulge on alcohol or caffeine as they can quickly dehydrate you.

No one wants to be stuck inside all summer so take our homecare agency’s advice and follow these simple steps to enjoy the sun safely! At Cypress HomeCare, http://blog.cypresshomecare.com/contact-us/ the top rated homecare in Scottsdale we pride ourselves on creating a caring environment that meets each of our clients’ specific needs. Give Cypress HomeCare a call 602-264-8009 today and find out how our homecare agency works to provide the most compassionate Scottsdale in home care around!

Posted on August 23, 2013