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Seniors can beat the heat and stay cool this Summer.

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care


Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior CareFun family get-togethers, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, vacations

and other festivities make summer one of

the most enjoyable times of the year. But

when you plan your summer activities

keep this advice in mind.

Our aging population is more active

today. Experts tell us that as we age our

bodies can’t handle the heat like they

did when we were younger. A senior

body often doesn’t detect the heat and

will not begin sweating until their body

temperature has skyrocketed and our

body’s cooling devices don’t operate as

effi ciently as we age.

And that’s what makes heat so

dangerous for older adults. More people

in the United States die from extreme

heat every year than from hurricanes,

lightning, tornadoes, fl oods and

earthquakes combined and nearly half

of all heat fatalities were individuals past

the age of 70, according to the National

Weather Service.

By taking some common-sense

approaches to staying cool and hydrated,

seniors can spend quality time with

family and friends outdoors.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.

If you must do strenuous activity, do it

during the coolest part of the day.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

Try to go to a public building with air

conditioning each day for several hours

or designated cooling shelters. Wear

lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink

plenty of water regularly and often, even

if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks

with alcohol or caffeine in them. Eat

small meals and eat more often.

Todd Barth says “Home Instead Senior

Care is about keeping our seniors safe.

Educating our seniors on how to stay cool

during the hottest months of the year

is important to us. If you want to know

the top 10 ways to keep seniors cool, call

Home Instead.”

— Javier Vasquez / Tomme Maier

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com