Remember to be safe in the sun. Cover up with lightweight cool clothing. In your home make sure to keep the temperature cool; around 75 degrees is good for most individuals. An older person prefers temperatures closer to 80 degrees in the home. As we age we loose the ability to regulate our bodies internal temperature and we can easily dehydrate. Older individuals are on many different medications that can also affect the bodies ability to maintain a balanced internal body temperature during the hot summer weather. Many try to stay warm by wearing sweaters and don’t realize they can be dehydrating or developing heat stroke. Signs to watch for are dizziness, weakness, nausea, headaches, difficulty speaking, or confusion. Call for help if you see a loved one with any of these symptoms during warmer temperatures. Remember these safety tips; stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke during the summer.
If you are under the care of a physician and need to limit your fluid intake it is especially important to maintain adequate hydration within your limits. Ask your doctor to prescribe the right quantity of fluids for you to drink. For more information about Summer Safety contact our office at 215-541-9030 and ask to speak with one of our nurses.