Tips to Help Seniors Beat The Heat
Senior citizens are at extra risk during hot summer months. Below is a checklist for PERS dealers to share with your customers to help keep them safe this summer.
How Seniors Can Beat The Heat
- Wear your PERS device – If you start to feel dehydrated, dizzy or faint, especially due to hot weather, your PERS device can get you the assistance you need quickly.
- Stay hydrated – You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Stay away from caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda during the hot summer months.
- Stay cool – No, we aren’t talking about wearing fashionable clothing (although we’ll get to dressing correctly for summer later). We’re talking about staying indoors in well-air-conditioned places when the temperatures rise.
- Be aware of medication side effects – Certain medications may put you at additional risk when it gets hot out. Be aware of what medications can exaggerate the risks of increased sun exposure and dehydration.
- Dress appropriately – Protect your skin with light-colored and loose-fitting cotton clothing to stay cool and comfortable. Hats are also great to protect your head and neck from increased sun exposure.
- Wear sunscreen – Seniors have an increased risk of sun burns and skin cancer due to increased sun exposure. Sun screen helps protect you from those conditions.
- Wear sunglasses – Sun exposure can increase the risk of vision problems. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Know the signs of heat stroke – Heatstroke can be fatal, especially to aging adults. If you feel any of the following symptoms, get to a cool place a quickly as possible lay down:
- Rapid Pulse
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hot but not sweating
- Dry, flushed skin
- Heavy breathing
- Body temp higher than 104 degrees
We encourage you to use and share this information with your PERS customers. Let’s help them beat the heat this summer.