Staying safe in the heat

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Week 1

Summer is here! Now that the weather has warmed up, more and more older Americans are getting outdoors and enjoying activities such as walks, gardening and even biking. However, the Center for Disease Control warns that those aged 65 and older and “less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.” Because of that, Older Americans need to keep an eye on the thermometer and take appropriate responses, such as:

  • Bring water with you when you leave your home—whether that’s to run errands, exercise or socialize. Staying hydrated in the heat is very important to avoiding heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Check up on friends, and ask your friends to check up on you. This is especially important if you are living on your own.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning at home, make an outing to a place such as a movie theatre, the mall or library during the hottest times of the day.
  • While opening your windows to the sunny day may be pleasant, it could actually cause your house to heat up more. Covering your windows will block out the heat from the sunlight and cause your house to be cooler.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Clothes that are lighter in material and lighter in color are best for staying cool.
  • Sometimes, heat can make you lose your appetite. Make sure you are eating regular (and light) meals during the high heat.

While heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both risks of being outside in the summer, we here at Jayhawk Pharmacy still believe that a little outdoor activity is still good for you. If you have trouble getting around, we carry a number of mobility products that can help you enjoy the great weather we’re having.



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