Healthy in the Heat - tips to stay healthy when the temperatures are extreme.
Extreme heat has hit many of us as it usually does this time of year. How can we stay healthy?
Older adults and children are less equipped to deal with the heat than other age groups. Today I will focus primarily on older adults although these tips can apply to everyone.
Unfortunately heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common this time of year among older adults. This is not just about being uncomfortable, the heat can be life-threatening.
Unfortunately dehydration many times occurs before thirst.
Tip #1 - stay inside and turn on your air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning in your house move to the lower levels because he rises. If it is too hot in your house find places in your community to go that have air conditioning such as the library for other public buildings or the mall.
Relax and put off chores and strenuous activities. Extreme heat is not the time to engage in exercise that you perceive is very strenuous. Choose a light workout, and do it during the early morning or later in the evening.
Stay hydrated! This is so important! Do not wait until you are thirsty because by the time that happens, you may already be dehydrated. Drink water and any non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages and eat foods that are high in water content such as fruits and vegetables. Remember caffeinated beverages and alcohol can lead the body to dehydration.
Wear lightweight loose clothing and if you must be outside wear a hat and sunglasses.
Keep in mind that some medications minimize thirst sensation and may place you at an even greater risk. If you have a chronic medical condition and are on medications talk to your doctors about other precautions you can take to prevent heat related illness.
Check in on other older adults that are your neighbors friends and family to make sure they are adhering to these tips as well.
Please chime in with any questions or comments you may have 😊
We are coming into winter here in New Zealand
What is the temperature?
Correction, Siri tells me it’s 11 degrees outside! 🤦🏽
I don’t have AC, homes don’t really have that in the UK. I also live on the top floor, so nowhere lower to go
Have you got good ventilation up there?
Thank you for joining in Obi and Becca. Have a great week!