Senior Health Tips: Staying Cool This Summer!
Living in California we are used to the heat and high temperatures,
but we still need to remember to hydrate! Lack of water is the number
one trigger of daytime fatigue. As we age, the balance between our need
for water and our thirst for water shifts. In fact, the less water an
older person drinks, the less thirsty they become, leaving them open to
the risk of serious dehydration and other complications. Seniors are at
especially high risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and so it is
important to learn how to take care of yourself as summer draws nearer.
Read on to find out more!
Symptoms of dehydration:
- Chronic fatigue and lethargy
- Labored speech
- Dry mouth
- Sunken eyeballs
- Unable to urinate or pass only small amounts of dark or deep yellow urine
Tips for Senior Health in Hot Temperatures
- Stay hydrated. If you are going to be outdoors for any period of
time when the weather is hot, be sure to drink plenty of water, for
those who get tired of water you can mix it up with some type of
flavoring and you can even try a healthy popsicle, by taking fruits and
blending them with yogurt or ice and freezing them. Staying hydrated can
significantly decrease your risk of heat stroke. If you are looking for
alternatives to water, think about fruits and vegetables high in water,
such as, watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes,
grapefruit, spinach, cantaloupe, and radishes. Increasing your fruit
and vegetable consumption is a healthy way to help keep your diet
hydrated. Having a refreshing summer slaw with dinner will help to
hydrate your loved ones and offer them a nutrition side dish, click the
link to see a great recipe! http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000122270,00.html
- Stick to natural fibers. When it comes to your summer wardrobe,
fabrics that breathe should be your go-to. Cotton and other natural
fibers can help keep you cool both indoors and out.
- Keep your home cool. The outdoors is not the only location that
will be affected by the heat; your home can easily heat up on hot days
and reach unsafe temperatures. Use your air conditioning or run fans
throughout your home to keep things cool and healthy.
- Wear sunblock outdoors. High temperatures and bright sunlight go
hand-in-hand, so if you are going to be outdoors, be sure to protect
your skin from burning and damage with sunblock.
- Know the signs of heat stroke. To maintain the best senior
health possible, you should also know what to do if you experience any
of the symptoms of heat stroke, including headache, nausea, dizziness,
and rapid pulse. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact help
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