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How the Summertime Heat Can Be Safely Enjoyed | Executive Care of Scottsdale

There’s nothing better than enjoying some quality outdoors time during the summer, no matter your age.

Seniors can enjoy a number of benefits from spending time in the great outdoors, but it’s vital that you take precautions so that the heat does not turn dangerous for your aging loved one.

There are many reasons why older adults can be more susceptible to heat stress, with the main culprit being physiological changes. A senior is less able to adapt to the sudden increase in temperatures that can come with the summer months. This can be due to medical issues, medications or just the body’s inability to control temperature and sweat like it used to.

The Heat and Its Dangers

Heat-related illnesses, which are included under hyperthermia, can turn from serious to life-threatening very quickly in the right situations. Included illnesses can be:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

Hyperthermia can be influenced by other health-related issues, so make sure you are familiar with them as it could save your loved one’s life. Some of these factors include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

Keeping Your Loved One Protected

Worried about the difficulties of keeping your loved one healthy and safe during the summer? Don’t be! It doesn’t have to be a trying process.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

The peak heat times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so it is advised to have your loved one stay in the air-conditioning as much as possible throughout these times. Also, a fan should never be the only source of cooling.

Increasing water intake when spending time outdoors is another excellent idea for seniors who are out enjoying the weather. Be sure they remember to drink even when not thirsty. Because some medications and medical conditions can require limitations on fluids, it’s smart to discuss this with your loved one’s doctor first.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Scottsdale can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.


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