Summer is in full swing. For most people, it’s a great time to be outdoors. Walks, gardening, exercising and relaxing outdoors are common activities during summer days. Regardless of age, all individuals should be encouraged to reduce sedentary behavior and stay as active as possible; this includes spending time outdoors. However, aging, poses challenges related to exposure to heat and higher temperatures. Considered vulnerable, the elderly need special precautions when temperatures reach a certain level.
How to fight against the heat?
Stay cool, stay hydrated
Warm weather and outdoor activity usually go hand in hand. But it’s important for seniors to take steps to avoid serious health problems often caused by hot weather. ” Hyperthermia” is the general name given to a variety of heat-related illnesses. The two most common forms of hyperthermia are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of the two, heatstroke is particularly dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.
To protect seniors from the relentless summer heat, standard advice is for them to stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings, dress lightly and keep hydrated. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, because due to poor blood circulation, older people catch cold easily. It’s not uncommon for a senior to turn on a heater in their home, even if it’s unbearably hot outside.
Options for beating the heat
Aside from the obvious tips to make sure that seniors are hydrated, protected from the sun such as applying copious amounts of sunscreen to protect their skinthere are some short-term solutions that one can put in place to prevent the elderly from overheating.
Keep fresh treats available that are low in sugar and have a high water content. Fruits and vegetables that are high in water, such as watermelon, cucumbers, celery, strawberries, and peppers, are also an easy way to increase their fluid intake without causing them to drink more.
Taking seniors out of their homes in a heat wave may seem ill-advised, but for those whose homes are somewhat stuffy during the summer months, it might be nice for them to be outside. Taking them somewhere that has air conditioning like a recreation center or hotel lobby can also help..
Depending on the senior’s mobility and willingness to travel, it may be a good idea to do a “reverse migration” and plan a trip to cooler climes while summer is in full swing. A family vacation could do him good and give his body a break from the heat.
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The refrigeration market (air conditioner, fans, air cooler, etc.) is full of brands and their products and choosing the right one is a tedious task. With the benefit of having many choices comes the dilemma of selection as it is a common human tendency.
Speaking of hot summers, one image that strikes our minds is of air coolers or air conditioners which are perhaps the only sign of relief to beat the heat.
Although air conditioners are everyone’s first choice (except the electricity bill) because the cooling effect of air conditioning is not to be doubted, the air cooler is an interesting option because it is economical. If you opt for air coolers instead, buying the right type of cooler is essential to be able to win the battle with hot summers efficiently and economically.