Summer doesn’t officially begin until the latter half of June. But residents of Orange County and Newport Beach, CA have had their fair share of warm weather recently. Higher temperatures present a threat to more vulnerable populations like children and seniors. This article offers tips for how to beat the heat during this summer season.
As people age their bodies go through changes, and like other changes seniors experience, the body does not regulate temperatures the same way that it can in its younger years. This increases the risk of heat-related illnesses. The human body’s distribution changes as it ages, including sweat and skin glands, body fat percentage, and core body temperature. This makes it more difficult to recognize temperature swings.
People in their 70s and 80s are most likely to experience temperature intolerance. However, nutritional deficiencies like not having enough B12 or folic acid or conditions like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease can contribute to it as well. Medical providers recommend keeping an eye on the weather reports. If temperatures will be warm, make sure that you or your loved one has access to water and a good amount of shade.
Seniors who have high blood pressure, are on a low sodium diet or are ill, may be at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses.
Tips for How to Beat the Heat
Drink plenty of fluids. Keep a glass near you and drink consistently throughout the day. Do not wait until you are thirsty. The best things to drink are water, fruit and vegetable juices, and sports drinks. Alcohol and caffeine are things to avoid in the hot weather.
Keep the windows open at night if air conditioning is not something that you have. Create a cross-breeze by opening windows on the opposite side of the house. During the day, keep the windows covered, wear loose light-colored clothing, and take cold baths or showers.
If you walk daily or exercise, don’t attempt to do it on a hot day.
Signs of Heat-Related Illness
If your loved one has a headache, has dry, red, hot skin, nausea or heavy sweating, they may have a heat-related illness. Encourage them to drink fluids, rest, cool off, and stay out of the heat.
Hiring a caregiver during the summer can help loved ones feel better about going to work or handling additional family obligations in and around Newport Beach, CA. Optimal Senior Care Solutions can help match you with the perfect caregiver. Reach out to us today at (949) 535-2211.