Valuable Tips for Seniors During Hot Weather

With summer upon us — Marin is forecasted to be between 85-90 degrees for the next four days — these are some valuable tips to avoid heat related illnesses from the National Institute on Aging.

“Things you can do to lower your risk of heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of liquids—water, fruit, or vegetable juices.  Aim for eight glasses every day.  Heat tends to make you lose fluids, so it is very important to remember to keep drinking liquids when it’s hot.  Try to stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.  If your doctor has told you to limit your liquids, ask what you should do when it is very hot.
  • If you live in a home or apartment without fans or air conditioning, try to keep your house as cool as possible.
  • Limit your use of the oven.  Cover windows with shades, blinds, or curtains during the hottest part of the day. Open your windows at night.
  • If your house is hot, try to spend at least 2 hours during mid-day some place that has air conditioning—for example, go to the shopping mall, movies, library, senior center, or a friend’s house.
  • If you need help getting to a cool place, ask a friend or relative.  Some Area Agencies on Aging, religious groups, or senior centers provide this service.  If necessary, take a taxi or call for senior transportation.  Don’t stand outside in the heat waiting for a bus.
  • If you have an air conditioner but can’t afford the electric bills, there may be some local resources that can help.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is one possible resource.
  • Dress for the weather.  Some people find natural fabrics such as cotton to be cooler than synthetic fibers.  Light-colored clothes feel cooler.  Don’t try to exercise or do a lot of activities when it’s hot.
  • Avoid crowded places when it’s hot outside.  Plan trips during non-rush hour times.
  • Listen To Weather Reports”

 

 

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