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High Temperatures Increase Health Risks for Seniors

SAN MATEO, Calif. July 14, 2011 leading online resource for caregivers

To protect seniors from high temperatures, make sure they:

  • Drink plenty of hydrating fluids, like water, and avoid dehydrating fluids, like alcohol and caffeinated beverages
  • Limit time in the direct sun and wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • working
  • Talk to their doctors about how the heat might affect their medical conditions and medicines
  • Aren’t overdressing; some seniors layer on clothes out of habit

Additional actions to take during the summer heat:

  • Visit elders once or twice daily to make sure they’re OK. If you can’t, ask neighbors, friends, caregivers, or the local police if they can do daily checks. Some areas have senior "check-in services" that can call or visit your loved one.
  • adult daycare center
  • Keep glasses or bottles of cool water within easy reach. Refill them often.

Stroke victims need to pay extra attention to the summer heat

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Andy Cohen


San Mateo, California


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