Summer heat can be dangerous for some individuals, triggering breathing problems, heat exhaustion and dehydration. This can be particularly true for older people or those with dementia who may not be able to care for themselves properly.
In order to “beat the heat” this summer, Southern Pharmaceutical Services is providing some tips to help you to stay cool and hydrated:
*Stay inside during the hottest part of the day. Ask about having medications, groceries and other items delivered by a friend or neighbor.
*Save any strenuous activities such as yard work or vacuuming for the cooler parts of the day (early morning and late evening).
*During the day, close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun and try to spend time in the coolest parts of your home.
*Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Ice popsicles or other frozen treats can be refreshing in the heat.
*Keep a bottle of juice or water with ice cubes in the fridge so it is always at hand. Using drinking straws might help if you find it difficult to increase your fluid intake.
*Although you may not feel particularly hungry when it is hot, it is important that you do not stop eating. Try to have smaller and more frequent light meals and start to incorporate more fruit and salad.
*Soaking your feet in cool water is a great way to cool down, particularly before going to bed at night. Be careful of slipping with wet feet.
*Some medications and treatments may require that you are careful about being exposed to high temperatures and the sun. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about certain medications and the effects of sun and heat.
Signs of dehydration and overheating include muscle cramps in arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should rest in a cool place out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids. Always contact your doctor or 911 if symptoms persist.