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Aging Adults and Heat

It is that time of year again—a time for pool parties, BBQs, the beach, and the heat! As we age, we are more prone to heat due to changes in our body’s ability to regulate temperature. Our sweat glands may become less efficient, and our sense of thirst can diminish, making dehydration easier. Additionally, certain […]
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Grandparents at Holidays

It is that time of year again—a time for pool parties, BBQs, the beach, and the heat! As we age, we are more prone to heat due to changes in our body’s ability to regulate temperature. Our sweat glands may become less efficient, and our sense of thirst can diminish, making dehydration easier. Additionally, certain medications and chronic conditions more common in older adults can interfere with the body’s cooling mechanisms. 

Below are 5 Tips to Help Aging Adults Stay Cool this Summer

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential to keep your body temperature regulated. Aim for at least 8 glasses daily, and consider incorporating hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges into your diet. Check in with your mineral intake, and even add pink Himalayan sea salt or electrolytes to your water.
  • Wear Light Clothing: Opt for loose-fitting, light-colored clothes made from breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. These materials help wick away sweat and keep you cooler.
  • Use Fans and Air Conditioning: Make use of fans and air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. If air conditioning isn’t available, spending time in public places like libraries, shopping malls, or community centers can provide a cool respite.
  • Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when the sun’s rays are less intense. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your skin if you need to be outside during peak hours.
  • Take Cool Showers or Baths: A refreshing shower or bath can help lower your body temperature. Alternatively, you can use a damp washcloth to cool your neck, wrists, and forehead for instant relief.

Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, and a rapid, weak pulse. It’s important to act quickly if you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms. Move to a cooler place, drink water, and rest. If symptoms worsen or do not improve, seek medical attention immediately. Heat exhaustion can escalate to heat stroke, which requires emergency care. Always stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures to minimize the risk. 

Regular check-ins with healthcare providers can also help manage any underlying conditions that may exacerbate heat sensitivity. Always listen to your body and seek shade or cool environments if you feel overheated. 

And don’t forget, if you or a loved one need senior care or resources, please call us. 



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