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Protecting the Elderly from the Summer Heat

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Summer often brings welcome relief from the colder seasons. However, the accompanying heat can have dangerous health consequences for seniors. As the summer approaches, Henderson part-time care experts suggest trying these fun ideas to help your elderly loved one beat the heat while staying active.

Visit the Planetarium

Finding cool places to go during the day can stave off boredom while helping your loved one keep his or her home cooling costs low. Planetariums are dark, air-conditioned, and relaxing, and learning about the constellations can provide your loved one with a mental boost. If your loved one is not interested in a planetarium, a museum, aquarium, or indoor zoo may offer similar benefits.

Make Superfood Smoothies

Popsicles may be a summertime staple, but they are often loaded with sugar, which can have a dehydrating effect. As an alternative, help your loved one make a smoothie using his or her favorite superfoods. Since fruit flavors cover up strong vegetable tastes, this is a great way to add some spinach or kale to your loved one’s diet while also lowering his or her body temperature.

Change Out Bulbs and Shut Off Electronics

Incandescent light bulbs give off more than twice the amount of heat as compact fluorescent lights, and switching them out can dramatically lower the indoor temperature. Once you do that, check the other areas of your loved one’s home. Turning off large-screen televisions, computer monitors, and ovens can all make the home instantly cooler.

Have Fun with Water

Water play doesn’t have to be reserved for children. If your loved one needs some outside time, bring out some water balloons or shooters and engage him or her in a water battle. Community splash pads and water parks are also fun places for seniors to go on a warm summer day. Just make sure your loved one applies sunscreen if he or she plans to be outside for more than 15 minutes.

Even in the extreme summer heat, your loved one can stay active and enjoy life with a few safety precautions. If you’re concerned your loved one will become overheated during the times you’re not able to provide care for him or her, consider hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can provide transportation, assist with mobility and exercise, prepare healthy meals, and help with many other important tasks. For more information on elderly care Henderson families can count on, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.