Summer is a favorite season amongst many. The days are longer and the weather is warmer. It is also the perfect time to take advantage of the outdoors.
However, for many seniors, the heat can cause a rise in blood pressure, leading to heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.
Make the most of your summer and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion by following some of our tips below. Always check with your doctor if you are experiencing any new symptoms.
Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration because they lose the ability to conserve water. Hydrate by finding creative ways to get more water into your diet. Cucumbers, watermelon, romaine lettuce, radishes and strawberries contain a high percentage of water. Seniors can also drink electrolyte water to replenish any sodium or potassium lost.
- Stay indoors during peak hours
Between 11 am and 4 pm, the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. The UV index is 3 times or more. If you are heading outside during peak hours, remember to reapply your sunscreen, hydrate, and give your skin some shade.
- Limit strenuous activity and exercise
If you exercise regularly, try it during early morning or late evenings. Try planning around the hottest times of the day to limit your exposure to the heat.
- Check your medications
Talk to your doctor about any prescription medication. Some medications can cause side effects and increase sensitivity to Ultraviolet (UV) rays. A
- Look for warning signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke
If you are feeling any of the following symptoms, ensure you get medical attention immediately:
- Rapid Pulse
- Reduced level of consciousness
- Muscular pain
- Rapid Pulse
- Hot, dry, red skin
Enjoy summer without suffering from the heat. At CAMedicare.com we help seniors find the right health insurance plan to help save them time and money. For more information on how we can help you, get a free quote now or call us at 1-800-356-3615.