Seniors and Summer – Keys to Enduring the Hot Spells

By | July 7, 2015

 

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Sun Exposure

In North America it is now summertime and the heat waves are starting to kick in. Temperatures across the continent are higher than normal (for whatever reason) and to endure these temperatures everyone needs to be diligent.

So what needs to be done during these climate events. Well let’s remind everyone of the obvious;


 

Keep Hydrated

Dehydration is a killer. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day during the hot spell. And this is a good idea as an everyday habit despite the weather.

Stay Out of the Sun

Stay indoors in a climate controlled area, if possible. If these places are not available get a fan. Moving the air around has a cooling effect. Try going to the mall and hangout there with a nice latte.

Use Sunscreen

If you must go out for any reason put on sunscreen. The skin is especially susceptible to the UV rays during these hot spells. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or 30. Apply generously at least 1/2 hour before going out. If you will out for an extended period, re-apply every few hours. And cover all exposed areas. A sunburn can happen to any exposed skin.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is a diuretic which means it dehydrates. If you must drink then drink water with the alcohol. This will help keep you hydrated. Alcohol also increases exposure to UV rays by opening up your blood vessels, as does the heat. It can cause you to pass out due to heat illness. Many swimming and boating accidents happen because of excessive use of alcohol. Please be prudent.

Signs of Exposure

If you start to feel dizzy, sluggish and overheated you may be feeling the effects of overexposure to the sun. First ting to do is to cool yourself down. Get out of the sun first. Towel down with cold, wet towels or get in a bath of cool not cold water. This will help bring your body temperature down. Do it slowly. Don’t jump into a cold pool as this will shock the body and could cause more serious problems like a heart attack.

If all this fails get to a hospital quick or call 911. Exposure can kill so be aware and be smart.

Wear Sunglasses

Sound obvious but many do not take this precaution. Your eyes are susceptible to sunlight as much as your skin so they can sunburn. Protect your eyes and do not risk finding out what sunburned eyes feels like. Surely it s not a comfortable feeling and the damage is permanent.


 

Do any or all of these tips and you will remain safe.  Seniors have a habit of enduring these situations quietly. If you know someone like this call them and make sure they are protecting themselves. Remember, being obstinate can kill too. You hear too many stories of the elderly dying because they did not protect themselves against the effects of the heat. In this day and age there is absolutely no reason for this.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Seniors and Summer – Keys to Enduring the Hot Spells

  1. Brandon

    I agree with not getting too much sun exposure but sun can actually be very beneficial especially if you stay indoors all the time.

    As many are not getting the natural vitamin d from the sun they need. To stay hydrated in the heat people need to remember to drink room temperature water and not freezing cold so that the body can use it quicker.

    Also better than sunscreen all over face is just to wear a straw hat and a wet bandanna or shirt over the back of your neck.

    Also if you need to get cooled off quickly take off your shoes in the shade and take off your hat and you will cool down fast.

    When wearing sunglasses also make sure the UV protection is good and they are polarized.

    Brandon

  2. Marilyn

    Funny that I ended up on this site when I’m over on the other side of the world in the midst of winter!

    My husband suffered heat-stroke at one time in his life and he’s always warning me of it. He told me it really is not nice!

    I live in Tasmania and for some reason the sun burns quicker here than it does in mainland Australia. During the hotter months the weather reports are always warning us to be vigilant.

    I also agree with Brandon regarding sunscreen though as did you know it’s full of chemicals that do us harm? It really is not good stuff. If you do use it though, make sure it’s completely natural. I use it when at the beach for example but other than that I prefer a hat for my face.

    Anyway, hope you’re enjoying all that warm… looking forward to it coming back to Tassy. 🙂

  3. NemiraB

    Hello here. Your advices are great for everybody, when sun is high and heat takes over during long days. It is easy to be distracted and forget to have a bottle of water, hat from sun.
    Of course, it is safe to stay inside, but sometimes seniors need to go shopping or visit library or post office. I think that is best to do it early in morning, when is not so hot. To have somebody coming as companion would be great too.
    Wearing clothes, made from cotton or silk, helps body to adjust to heat and breath.
    It is better to be careful as sorry latter.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

  4. Branka

    Hi! Very nice article and I believe very necessary. What I would like to suggest is for you to put also is some explanation on why this stuff is happening and what can people do to to avoid this heavy body response to the sun. Sun is very beneficial for human body, it natural and healthy to some degree, but when the body is full of toxins, covered with toxic sun creams and used to air condition, exposure leads straight to health problems. There is a bunch of articles about this, check them out. I hope I gave you some info that will inspire you to go and spread some more healthy and natural understandings in order to actually help people. Thank you!

    Branka

  5. Lucas

    Wow. A nice and interesting article. In our country (Malaysia) the sun is always shining. Because it is located near the Earth’s Equator, our country does not have 4 seasons and everyday is like summer. So avoiding the sun’s ray is a must in our everyday life or you risk having a sunstroke. Thank for the information.

  6. Fiona

    This page is great advice. Some seniors indeed do suffer silently and it can be hard to know when they are in trouble. Some seniors don’t like to make a fuss either. Also being older their bodies’ recovery systems are incredibly slow or non existent which is very dangerous. Another good test if you are not sure is to gently pinch their skin on the back of their hand. If the skin goes back down quickly, that’s great. If the skin stays up for a short or long time it means they are severely dehydrated and need urgent attention with fluids and cold flannels. Your clear list should be in everyone’s home!

  7. Lee Zhi Wei

    Hey there

    You have laid out a great article relating to avoiding the heat. To an outgoing personality like me who’s always trying to be out there under the sun, its of much help.

    I had several sunburns over the years & i must say that it wasn’t a pleasant experience recovering from those.

    Thanks for the information!
    Zhi Wei

  8. ches

    This is so important and reminds me of the demise of my late husband. The doctor said that if it hadn’t been such a hot day (we were in southern Spain) my husband my have survived.
    As it was he died almost instantly from heart failure. 1. He had not long had a meal. Digestion takes up a lot of energy. 2. He was working in the heat all day, it was impossible to stop him working and 3. The temperature was in the nineties. All three of these bodily stresses put together contributed to his death.
    You’re dead right about seniors enduring stressful situations quietly. Seniors are too stalwart for their own good! Be warned and hopefully many will read this article and take note. Ches

  9. Adrian

    Where I am here in Australia, we are having a hot summer and there is quite awhile to go yet before autumn comes along.

    I don’t have any hesitation in agreeing with all your tips as they are all very sound and sensible, fortunately we have air conditioning at home which makes it more bearable.

    We don’t stay out in the sun for very long and if we do go out, it’s usually to a shopping centre to stay cool, we usually see many seniors there doing the same thing.

    I would like to think that the message is getting through to them here but there are still probably some of them who are quite stubborn and just endure the heat privately.

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