Tips to help the elderly stay safe in the summer heat

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We are in summer, when weather is warmer and we all enjoy of the sunny days, but sometimes the heat can be dangerous for people vulnerable to overheating. Heat strokes can be serious for some people if the proper precautions are not taken.

People who are over 75, people who have pre-existing condition, people with mobility issues and people on medication they are all vulnerable groups.

Here are some tips that aging adults can use to keep safe in summer:

  • Remember to drink water often
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day
  • Avoid alcohol and huge meals
  • Try to keep your house as cool as possible
  • Put on sunscreen and wear hats when you head out
  • Wear the right stuff like loose baggy clothes
  • Have a plan of action for getting help.

If you feel like you have been out in the sun too long, or you are just very hot and you feel dizzy, confused or shortness of breath, then get help. In these cases, it is important to know who to call to prevent medical problems from getting worse. Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers can be called to help quickly and if you fell sick and you are a telecare user, press the button on your device and ask for help.

For further information:

https://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/heatwaves-health-guidance/en/

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