There are many ways to stay healthy in the summer as a senior, but the most important one is to make sure that you are well hydrated. Of course, if it is an especially hot day, it’s best to avoid being outside for prolonged periods of time. At 100 degrees and above, performing daily tasks such as watering plants and getting the mail can become unnecessary risks. Doing outside tasks in the morning rather than afternoon, or even in the early evening, can help ensure that the temperature outside is lower. Additionally, having a medical alert system can be a great backup for a senior that wants to stay active around the house in these hot times.
Summertime heat strokes and deaths affect the senior population disproportionately, but staying hydrated can be as simple as having a glass of water before bedtime. Even though it may cause a bathroom trip during the night, a glass of water before bedtime can prevent strokes and heart attacks. A lot of seniors don’t realize it, but their houses are much hotter than they think. Keeping a low temperature inside the house is imperative. With warm air both inside and outside, there is nowhere for the body to cool off. Keeping the temperature a few degrees lower, along with increased water intake, can help stave off dehydration.
Additionally, before the beginning of summer, have your air conditioning unit serviced. If the unit has any issues, A repairman will be able to fix the problem before it becomes a major issue. Waiting until the problem manifests itself could result in a loss of air conditioning in the middle of the summer when temperatures reach 100+. In that kind of heat, with no air conditioning, a home becomes uninhabitable for days. Ask around because some air conditioning companies will take a look at the unit for free; especially for seniors.
Even with all of these precautions, it is important to make sure that you are getting regular checkups whether it be during the heat of summer of the cold of winter. Grueling weather conditions are dangerous for everyone and especially the very young, the old, and the infirm. Stay hydrated and stay safe. We hope you have a great summer!
Our most basic medical alert system; includes both a bracelet and necklace attachment.
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A mobile medical alert; speak directly to an operator through the wearable device.
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