July is filled with celebrations, BBQ’s, family gatherings, vacations and high heat.
It is very easy to become overheated in these summer months! Here are some things to do to lower your risk:
- Dress for the weather: wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Don’t try to exercise or do a lot of activities outdoors in the heat
- Drink plenty of liquids, and when you think you have, drink some more 🙂 – try to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages
Older adults are at an increased risk for a heat related illnesses like a heat stroke during these scorching temperatures. Older adults do not adjust to sudden heat changes. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. Older adults are also more likely to be taking prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat. Heat related illness symptoms include headache, confusion, dizziness or nausea.
More tips for older adults to avoid a heat related illness:
- Stay cool, preferably in the air conditioning.
- Drink plenty of fluids!!!
- Shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water
- Lie down and rest in a cool place
- Visit your doctor or go to the emergency room if you are not cooling down
If you have tried these tips are and continue to have symptoms you can talk with a nurse with Stormont Vail. They have a wonderful Nurse Information Help Line that can be utilized by ALL members in the community! Nurse Information Line – Stormont Vail Health
Please share any tips or tricks that you have to help with the heat!
Have a wonderful 4th of July! And Stay Cool!