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Health Brief

July 2, 2020

It’s getting HOT out there! Too much heat and sun is not safe for anyone; but especially so for older adults. Along with hot weather comes the risk of Heat Syncope (dizziness), Heat Cramps (muscle tightness), Heat Edema (swelling in ankles & feet), Heat Exhaustion (early warning that your body can no longer cool itself), and Heat Stroke (a medical emergency). Let’s review some Hot Weather Safety tips.

  1. Stay away from direct sun exposure: fresh air continues to provide benefits but direct sun can cause harm. Plan your outdoor activities for early morning or evening to avoid the peak heat of the day.
  2. Air Conditioning: spend as much time as possible in cooler areas. Not so worrisome here at San Camillo, but if your friends or family need assistance have them contact LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.).
  3. Stay hydrated: drink plain or flavored water, clear juices, etc. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol as these tend to cause dehydration. I have witnessed many people out on the patio and benches without their water bottles… I have arranged to have cold infused water available in the Bluemound Market alongside the coffee. Just ask for it. (Thank you, chef and dining staff.)
  4. Dress appropriately: as we age our body’s thermo-regulation ability decreases. It is important to dress in lightweight, loose fitting, light colored clothing. Don’t forget to wear a broad brimmed hat.
  5. Sunscreen: use a broad spectrum sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (spf) rating of 30 or higher. Remember, as we age our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. Not to mention that some medications can cause us to become more sun sensitive.… and don’t forget the insect repellent! Mosquitos, gnats, ants and flies are just looking for a feast.
  6. Cool down: take tepid showers or sponge baths in lieu of hot showers. Soak washcloths with cool water and place on wrists, ankles, armpits or neck to help cool you.
  7. Reference: https://www.healthinaging.org/tools-and-tips/hot-weather-safety-tips-older-adults
  8. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hot-weather-safety-older-adults

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