June 9, 2021
During the hot summer months, some seniors can be at risk for heat stroke more than others as their bodies cannot adjust to high temperatures like young people can. To keep our seniors safe and cool, we have come up with a list of things to help them stay cool.
- Drink lots of cold water throughout the course of the day and not waiting until last minute. It is best to avoid caffeine and alcohol during strong heat waves.
- Eat cool snacks such as cold fruit, vegetables, and even frozen popsicle treats
- Place a cool washcloth on back of the neck to keep your body temperature down and regulated.
- Eat cool and light meals such as salads, cold plates, chicken. Avoid anything that is going to be heavy on your stomach.
- Keep the place of living at a cool temperature whether it is keeping the blinds closed, using a fan or purchasing an Air conditioning unit.
- Wear light clothing such as light cotton and then its easier to adjust to temperatures throughout the day, even if you must add or lose a layer.
- Visit public cooling centers such as libraries, senior groups, community centers or a coffee shop.
- Take a cool shower, bath, sponge bath with cool water. Making sure the water is just below body temperature.
- Sit with your feet in a bowl of cool water to cool your temperature down
- Wet a cool towel and put it on your body to cool down.