Temperatures are up all over the country this summer. While the warmer weather is a nice change from the winter cold, it’s important to take precautions to stay cool, particularly for seniors and the people who care for them. Here are different ways to beat the heat this year.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Drinking enough fluids is a challenge for everyone, both young and old. But when the temperatures rise, sweat causes you to lose water. Drinking water and other hydrating fluids will help you stay cool and hydrated at the same time. Avoid drinking anything with alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar because these will dehydrate you. Hydrating foods will also give you necessary fluids as well, so add fruits or vegetables to your meals. Try a smoothie for lunch or a snack to keep your fluid intake up.
Close Curtains and Blinds
Heat coming into your home isn’t pleasant, and it can linger inside even after the outside temperature has gone down at night. One simple way to reduce the heat is to close the curtains and blinds inside the house. With the light side facing towards the window, it deflects the sun and reduces the amount of heat coming into the house up to 45%.
Make Your Own Air Conditioning
Not everyone has air conditioning, especially if they live in an older house. To get the same effect during a heatwave, place a shallow bowl of ice in front of a fan. It will melt and then evaporate, creating cool air.
Keep the house cool by turning off lights where possible. Where light is needed, switch out the bulbs in your lighting fixtures to compact fluorescent bulbs. They last for a long time and produce 70% less heat compared to incandescent bulbs.
Wear Loose Clothing
Loose-fitting clothing is the wardrobe of choice during the summer. Wear things that are light-colored and will wick away moisture from your skin. Clothing that is loose and billowy will also help move sweat away from your skin.
If you’re searching for a caregiver that can help make sure your loved one is staying cool this summer in Newport Beach or Orange County, CA, turn to Optimal Senior Care Solutions. Our senior care experts will be happy to assist you!