Senior Summer Safety – How to Cope with the Heat

With the death of a 92-year old woman in Philadelphia this week, it is important to check in on the elderly during these brutal weather conditions on the easy coast.

According to researchers, the elderly should not be left in un-air-conditioned spaces for too long, and should be checked twice daily for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Also, avoid hot or heavy meals before going outside. Avoiding alcoholic or sugary beverages, and drinking plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty.

Outdoor activities should be scheduled for early morning or earlier in the evening, and frequent breaks should be taken in shady areas, to allow the body to cool down.

But most of this comes down to common sense and taking the cues that your body is giving you. Stay safe.