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Stay Cool This Summer!

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With temperatures regularly above 100 degrees this time of year, it's important to take steps, for yourself and your loved ones, to stay cool and hydrated. Heat stroke and exhaustion are especially dangerous for our elderly family members, so here are a few helpful tips for keeping everyone in tip-top shape this summertime!

Drink Plenty of Liquids

Dehydration is the root of many heat-related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. But remember to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually contribute to dehydration.

Wear Appropriate Clothes

When it’s hot out, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.

Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours

During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 7pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.

Take it Easy

Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, especially outdoors, when it’s very hot out.

Watch the Heat Index

When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.

Seek Air-conditioned Environments

Seniors whose houses aren’t air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or senior centers in the area. During heat waves, many cities also set up “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations.

Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness

Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.

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