Summer Safety for Older Adults

As the summer heat hits Nevada this year, the reminder for older adults to stay hydrated is significant since they are more susceptible to heat-related health problems than younger people.  

Researchers have found more than 80% of heat victims annually to be the ages 60 and over (Climate Central). This means older adults are the most affected by rising heat temperatures every year.

Reasons include:

  • "Older adults can’t adjust to sudden temperature changes as fast as younger people. This may happen because of certain medicines they take or chronic illnesses that affect their ability to regulate body temperature,” says the CDC.
  • As our bodies age, they become less efficient at regulating temperatures (Cleveland Clinic).

Preventing dehydration during the hot months is a key health concern for older adults living in a particularly hot climate like Nevada.

Stay cool, stay hydrated:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing.
  • Stay indoors, with air-conditioning as much as possible. Do not rely on fans as your main cooling source when extremely hot outside.
  • Abstain from using the oven or stove to cook.
  • Drink water and not only when you are thirsty.
  • Take showers and baths with cool water.
  • Abstain from strenuous activities and exercise.
  • Wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher.

For more safety tips on preventing dehydration, visit the CDC website.

ACASA Senior Care offers 24-hour assistance to older adults and promotes staying informed. Visit us at https://henderson.acasaseniorcare.com/ for more information on our quality and customizable in-home services for seniors in Henderson, Nevada. 

 

 

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