As the temperatures rise here in Spokane it’s important to remember that summer heat can be hazardous for anyone, but especially for our seniors. As we age, our bodies do not process the temperature changes as efficiently as they did when we were younger.
There are several warning signs to watch for when it comes to heat exhaustion:
While out and about in the summer heat these 3 tips will help keep you safe.
1. Stay Hydrated
It is recommended a person should drink eight glasses of water a day just to stay hydrated. Drinking smaller amounts of water frequently is more effective than drinking a lot of water all at once. In addition to water, foods with high water content, such as Jell-O, fruit, or popsicles can help with your overall water intake.
2. Wear Appropriate Clothing
Light loose-fitting clothing that breaths well is ideal for hot weather. Light colored clothing is a good choice as well. Also consider wearing a hat with flaps that shade the face, back of neck, and ears. Always wear sunglasses that offer protection from UV rays.
3. Stay Cool
Avoid the mid-day sun when possible. Plan your outdoor activities for the morning or evening whenever possible when temperatures are lower. Going for a swim or even a cool shower can help keep your body temperature in the proper range.
According to the CDC if you are experiencing any symptoms of heat exhaustion you should:
Get medical help right away if:
We all want to enjoy the bright sunny days of summer while staying safe. Follow these tips and watch for these signs of heat exhaustion to make the most of the season.