Stay Safe in the Heat this Summer!

Tips to help the elderly stay safe this summer

It is that time of year again when the temperatures rises, the smell of sausages on the barbecue is in the air and parents are layering the factor 50 on their children! However, let’s not forget about our elderly friends, family and neighbours this summer. The weather can affect the elderly much more dramatically than younger adults. This is because the ability to respond to heat becomes less efficient in older people. Here are some tips to help an elderly person remain safe during high temperatures.

· Try to make sure they are adequately hydrated – dehydration is the main culprit for heat related illnesses.
· Consider what they are wearing – lightweight fabrics and a hat are ideal for the summer weather.
· If going out; plan to take regular breaks, preferably somewhere with air conditioning such as the local library, community centre or cinema.
· Try avoiding going out during midday – this tends to be when the temperature soars. The best time to go out is before 10.00am and after 5.00pm
· Know the warning signs for sun stroke – dizziness, headache, nausea and/or vomiting and rapid pulse are amongst some of the common symptoms.

Have fun and stay safe this summer!