Preparation and prevention to keep elderly safe during blazing temperatures
DELMARVA- Doctors and organizations are really stressing the risks that hot temperatures can have on the elderly.
We’re told, as you age, the heat does bother you a little bit more.
The elderly is more susceptible to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke symptoms.
And we’re told often times they are not aware of the results of being in the sun, until it’s too late.
So, that’s why preparation and prevention are important.
“Avoid extended periods of time in direct sunlight, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m to 4 p.m. during the day when its the hottest, staying hydrated is really important,” Dr. Luis Castro, Medical Director at Beebe’s Walk-In Center, said.
“Check to make sure their air conditioning is working, and or they have a fan, a lot of our seniors just learn to live with situations,” Donna Smith, MAC Incorporated HR Specialist, said.
We’re told when we talk about staying hydrated it’s important to shouldn’t wait until you’re thirsty, but to drink in advance.
And we are told caregivers or family members with seniors should check in often.