Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Matthew Murray-James, Director of Home Instead in Wrexham and Deeside.
With the temperatures soaring this month, it is important to recognise the effect of this summer’s hot weather has on the Elderly. Long periods of humidity makes them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors have warned that hot nights are particularly dangerous for the elderly as it is more difficult for their bodies to recover from heat stress caused during hot days.
With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay safe during the warm summer months:
- Avoid the hottest times of the day - if you do need to venture out make sure you aren’t outside for long periods of time and find shady spots when you can.
- Keep hydrated – even if you’re not thirsty it’s important to drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating.
- Think lightweight – choose clothing which is loose, lightweight, light coloured and breathable, such as a white linen or cotton shirt.
- Cover up – in addition to wearing cooler clothing it’s also important to remember a hat. Headwear will help to keep your face in the shade.
- Pick the perfect spot – seek out the coolest areas of your home during warmer weather. Keep curtains and blinds closed to prevent sun heating up rooms, especially your bedroom.
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items.