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Older adults and the heat – how to be safe, not sorry this summer

-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
It is very important for everyone, especially seniors, to take care of themselves during these months of sunshine and heat waves. According to doctor Alicia Arbaje of John Hopkins University, elderly people living at home need special attention from family members or caregivers. She says that the elderly often don’t realize when they are too hot, and the medications they take can often make them very dehydrated. She suggests staying in the home and out of the sun during times of extreme heat, avoiding a lot of activity, and staying hydrated with not only water, but also “sweat-replacement” drinks described in this article. If an individual notices problems while in the heat, do not hesitate to call a doctor. The summer is an exceptionally important time for seniors to have elder care, or to be watched closely by family and friends.

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