Caring for Seniors in Hot Weather

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(WTNH) — Staying active when you are in your golden years is important even in the warmer weather. But it’s also important to realize that it can be dangerous for the elderly to do anything strenuous in the heat.

Tracy Weiss from Right at Home talked about the things people need to look out for on Good Morning Connecticut. Her tips:

  • Decrease strenuous, physical exertion in high temperatures. If you must be outdoors on hot days, choose the cooler morning or evening hours. To lower your body temperature when it’s sizzling, take a cool shower or bath.
  • If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go to a community center, shopping mall, library or another home that does. Electric fans are of little help in preventing heat complications when temperatures inside the home reach higher than 85 degrees.
  • Some senior diets and medications can increase dehydration through fluid and electrolyte loss. Certain antibiotics and diuretics can prevent the body from adjusting to heat and sun, so check with a pharmacist or doctor about medications that can exacerbate heat-related problems.
  • Caregivers need to check on their elderly loved one’s welfare at least once daily in extreme temperatures

 

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