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Summer Heat, Seniors, and Safety

Now that we’re heading into summer, it’s important to pay attention to the finer details that make a world of difference, especially as it pertains to safety for seniors. Summer temperatures are going to begin soaring. In many parts of the country it’s already been well over 90°, well above average for this time of the year.

If seniors don’t stay safe, if they don’t stay properly hydrated, and they don’t protect themselves from the sun, it can increase the risk of sunstroke, dehydration, and other serious health related issues.

How can we help our elderly loved ones stay safe?

Make sure they’re being safe when going out. If they are heading out during a hot part of the day, make sure they stay properly protected from the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause burns and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. As people get older, their skin cannot defend itself from these ultraviolet rays as easily as when they were younger, and some seniors may already be dealing with an increased risk of cancer or other serious health issues as a result.

Light clothing, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and a large brimmed hat can all be beneficial at helping seniors stay a bit safer on those sunny days.

What about hydration?

Staying properly hydrated is absolutely essential. While many people keep quoting that we should be ‘drinking at least eight glasses of water every day,’ there’s no scientific evidence to support that. The truth is when a person is thirsty, they should drink water. When they are outside or in hot conditions, they should drink more, even if they aren’t really that thirsty. It might take the body a little time to adjust to dehydration or sweating, so it’s important to encourage an elderly person to continually drink when they are out and about, whether they are gardening, going for a walk outside, or simply enjoying a barbecue at a family member’s house.

They should pay attention to the weather forecasts.

If there is a chance of severe weather and they want to go to the park, they need to make sure they can get to a shelter in a reasonable amount of time. Summer storms can pop up very quickly, and if a person has limited mobility or doesn’t move very fast, they should be encouraged to rely on another person to help them with this simple activity. A senior home care aide could be a great asset to do just that.

If you or an aging loved one are considering professional home care services in Collierville TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.

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Walter L. Black, MBA, CSA

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA.Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues.

Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.

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