Ella Fitzgerald first recorded this Cole Porter tune in 1956, but it remains popular even today. Here in the Washington, DC area weather forecasters report that this summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest yet. Older adults are more vulnerable to heat stroke because their bodies can’t adjust to higher temperatures, and they are often mildly dehydrated to begin with. So, at DLEA, we thought it would be a good time to remind our clients and their families about how to remain safe and as comfortable as possible, even when temperatures climb into the triple digits!
1. Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day. If you don’t like plain water, try a fruit flavored seltzer, or flavor your water with a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber.
2. Eat cooling snacks that also help with hydration, such as frozen grapes, cut up melon, jello or fruit popsicles.
3. Eat light, cold meals, such as salads, making use of local produce that is in season and avoid heavier hot meals.
4. Take walks outside only when temperatures and air quality make it safe. Otherwise plan to walk inside at a local mall, senior center, library or recreation center.
5. Check your medications for possible interactions caused by exposure to sunlight. Keep your sunscreen handy and apply liberally!
6. Be familiar with the signs of heat stroke and call 911 if you suspect a family member may be suffering from it.
If you have a family member you are concerned about, call Debra Levy Eldercare Associates today and start the conversation!