Summer is a season most people look forward to in Nebraska. Our state is not short of things to do such as grilling, swimming, camping, hiking, and festivals, and while we soak up the milder temperatures and sunshine, older adults are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke. According to the Center for Disease Control, older adults are much more likely to become dehydrated. In fact, 36% of heat-related deaths in the United States were among people over the age of 65. Older adults do not adjust as well to sudden and extreme temperatures, or chronic medical conditions can actually alter their body’s response to heat. Here are some tips to consider when spending time outdoors with an older adult this summer.
Drink plenty of water
It goes without saying for any age group, but especially seniors, if you are spending time outdoors in the summer be sure to take an insulated bottle of cold water with. Try to remember to drink throughout the day and not just when you are thirsty when it might be too late.
When it’s hot outside sometimes older adults don’t feel very hungry but it’s important to remember to eat throughout the day to prevent feeling dizzy from the heat. Consider cool snacks such as grapes,, cheese, cut up watermelon, celery, and other veggies to snack on throughout the day. Keep your snacks cool with an insulated refrigerator bag and an ice pack.
Wear lightweight clothing
Light-colored and breathable fabric is best for a senior in the summer whether they are indoors or spending any time outside. Consider purchasing loose-fitting athletic clothing for your older adult so they are comfortable and cool.
Cool the area indoors
Ensure your older adult is comfortable indoors by running fans, closing blinds, and running the air conditioner if that is an option. A cool washcloth on the back of the neck is also an ideal choice for keeping an older adult cool and comfortable when the temperatures climb. If air conditioning is not an option, consider taking your older adult to a public place such as a restaurant or even a movie so they can cool off.
Take a cool bath
Beat the heat by helping your older adult take a cool shower or bath. The water is ideal at just below body temperature.
Summer in Nebraska can be a wonderful time to enjoy with your older adult if you keep their safety in mind. Autumn Pointe Assisted Living prides itself on having a close-knit, family atmosphere. Autumn Pointe has three levels of assisted care to choose from at a clean and comfortable assisted living center. We can help you choose the level of assisted living care that is right for you, and we will also make suggestions when we think that care level needs adjusting. Together, with you, we will come up with a plan to help with daily activities in order to help you keep a certain level of independence for as long as possible. To learn more about Autumn Pointe Assisted Living, please visit us online or give us a call at 402-468-4700.