For many of us over the age of 65, it is harder to sense and respond to changes in temperature. That makes it much more important to have a game plan with summer heat waves on their way. Not to worry – we have 10 tips to help monitor your temperature to stay comfortable and safe!
- Drink lots of water
Besides being super refreshing on a hot day, water also helps your body function in its prime. Try to stay ahead of dehydration and don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so it’s best to steer clear of these particularly during the warmer months.
- Eat lighter, seasonal foods
Fresh fruit and veggies are in abundance in the summer, so it’s the perfect time to pick out a colorful plate that will make your body feel good nutritionally and not get bogged down with heavier, hot foods.
- Use fans and circulate air
Creating a constant air flow throughout your home or work place helps it feel cooler. Turn on a ceiling fan, set up a box fan in a hallway and consider opening windows – depending on just how hot it is outside.
- Save your time outdoors for non-direct sunlight times
Try to time out your outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours to avoid the harshest temperatures in the middle of the day.
- Wear comfortable clothing
Avoid wearing heavy, dark or tight fabrics as they will make you feel warmer. Instead go for loose-fitting and light weight fabric options to help you stay cooler.
- Change your bedding
It’s not just your closet that may need some spring cleaning! Consider packing away heavier blankets and comforters in exchange for a lighter option to not overheat while you sleep.
- Get a haircut
Chop your hair for a cooler option, or consider ways to pin it up to get it off your neck to reduce the heat.
- Reduce appliance use
Lighten your use of the oven and stove in the kitchen, as they both emit heat that can make your home hot.
- Keep a few cool treats
Store fruit bars or popsicles in your freezer ready to help you cool down in the afternoon.
Also be mindful of the symptoms. If you or someone you love has symptoms such as muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting, see a doctor as soon as possible as these could be signs of heat-related illness.