6 Tips For Keeping Seniors Cool In Warm Weather

Tim Watt  |  June 9, 2016

It's going to be a hot one out there this summer, folks! AccuWeather predicted above average temperatures for Canada's spring this year and don't expect any different for the upcoming season. 

Are you prepared for the heat? Before the summer gets going, there are a couple of things you can do that will make summer go smoothly this year. Check out these senior care tips for keeping yourself cool and safe in the heat this summer:

1. Know your body
The trick is knowing your body's limitations. Care.com explained that before you head out into the sun, you should consult with your doctor regarding your medications. Sometimes certain meds are affected by higher temperatures and this is information you need to know in order to prevent an unnecessary accident. Certain medical conditions are also exacerbated by the sun so it will be important for you to know what these are. Seniors are more prone to falling victim to issues like a heat stroke.

2. Choose cool activities 
Don't stay cooped up indoors, just be smart about what you do. Participate in cool activities this summer - pun intended. Try a water aerobics activity at the beach or pool. Just make sure you're wearing the appropriate clothing and mind how much time you spend in the sun. And as you exert any type of energy, be sure to have a water bottle on hand - which brings you to your next tip.

3. Stay well-hydrated
An important tip for anyone, but it will be crucial for senior nutrition to contain a healthy supply of water throughout the day. If you know you struggle to drink water, try flavouring a pitcher with some fresh seasonal fruits like raspberries or strawberries and mint to help you keep you reaching for glass after glass. 

4. Lean toward frozen snacks
Daily Caring shared this yummy tip: Eat frozen snacks. Be mindful of your senior nutrition diet and freeze your favorite summer fruits as a healthy alternative to popsicles or other sugary treats.

5. Stay shaded
When you're outside, try to stick to the shade so you aren't as exposed to the sun's most intense rays. But staying shaded also applies to properly shielding your home from the sun. Daily Caring explained that you can help keep your house cool by keeping the curtains drawn and the sun out. 

6. Know signs of distress
Educate yourself on the signs of the condition known as hyperthermia. According to Care.com, this is when the body gets too hot and can result in life threatening conditions, including heat stroke. If you know the warning signs, you could save a life, or even your own. Here are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Moody behaviour
  • Dry skin with no sweat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Fainting
  • Trouble breathing. 

If you notice any of these signs from you or a friend, seek medical help immediately. 

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