The dog days of summer are here, and people age 65 and older are at a higher risk for overheating and heat stroke.
It is important to understand the health risks that excessive heat can bring, and the National Institute on Aging notes that older adults with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses.
It is important to be aware of the dangers of heat. During the extreme heat, Plum Landing in Aurora delivers notices to all apartments offering tips to staying cool.
The retirement community will also typically limit all activities to indoors when it is extremely hot outside. Residents can enjoy plenty of indoor activities like coffee hour, entertainment and movies.
Retirement communities like Plum Landing also offer dining rooms, so not only do residents not have to head outside for meals, but they also don’t have to heat up their kitchen while cooking either!
When heat warnings are issued, Plum Landing offers these tips to staying safe and comfortable:
- Turn on your air conditioning. Don’t wait until it’s already sweltering
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to get something to drink.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both can be dehydrating.
- Use your ceiling fans
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Close your blinds if the window faces the sun
- Check on your neighbor
You should also stay indoors during mid-day hours during periods of extreme heat. If you need to go outside, the best time is before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when the temperatures are cooler.
The Center for Disease Control warns to seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
Rapid heartbeat, chest pain and breathing problems are also warning signs of heat-related illness.