Seniors can beat the heat and stay cool this Summer.
Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care
Fun 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 cant handle the heat like they
did when we were younger. A senior
body often doesnt detect the heat and
will not begin sweating until their body
temperature has skyrocketed and our
bodys cooling devices dont operate as
effi ciently as we age.
And thats 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
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
Javier Vasquez / Tomme Maier
1400 NE 48th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124