Summer is everyone’s favorite time of year to spend time outdoors. Fun in the sun is important for health and wellness – we draw vitamins from sunlight, and a lack of time outdoors can cause depression. For aging loved ones, it’s just as important. But, there are a few extra senior care considerations to keep our families safe and secure on those hot summer days.
Drink plenty of water: Dehydration is dangerous for people of all ages, especially seniors. In fact, a recent study by LSU’s school of nursing displays a subtle correlation – urinary tract infections are present in the majority of falls for seniors. Having a UTI greatly increases the risk of falling, which can have devastating consequences, and dehydration is a contributing factor in many cases of UTI.
Avoid extreme heat. According to the CDC, the elderly are at greater risk for temperature related issues, largely because aging bodies do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. This can be the body’s response to a a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat, or a byproduct of prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or perspiration.
Family members should be alert in monitoring for warning sings like dizziness, headache, weakness, nausea, heavy sweating or the absence of any sweat. These symptoms can be an indication of a medical emergency, and any unusual signs could mean medical support is required.
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