The summer months bring rising temperatures, and added dangers for people age 65 and older.
Older adults are more prone to heat-related health problems because of underlying health factors that effect a body’s normal response to heat. Prescription medications also play a factor in the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
A study by the University of Chicago Medical Center found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
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!
Dehydration is the root of many heat related issues. Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated drinks because they can contribute to dehydration. If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink, as your doctor how much water you should drink during hot weather.
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.
When it’s hot outside, wear light colored clothing that is lightweight and loose fitting. Sunburns affect your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated, so don’t forget the sunscreen. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it 30 minutes before going outdoors.
Avoid exercise and strenuous activities and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
Plum Landing : 495 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506 : 630.896.5031 : www.plumlanding.org