Seniors sometimes don’t feel the heat, even when temperatures rise to dangerous levels. They’re also less likely to hydrate. And certain medications combined with excessive heat can be dangerous. Here are a few tips to prevent heat-related illnesses:
—Keep your air conditioner on a cool setting. Fans aren’t enough – all they do is re-circulate hot air.
—No air conditioner? Cool down at a shopping mall, library or grocery store.
—Drink plenty of water. If your urine is light in color, you’re properly hydrated.
—Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
—Take frequent cool showers or baths.
—Wear light-colored, loose fitting, cotton clothing.
—When outdoors, wear a hat with a brim to shade the face and ears.
– Contributed by Visiting Angels. To learn more about their in-home care for seniors, call 925-240-1100.