Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

Posted:July 18, 2017

The summer heat can be life threatening, especially if your body is dehydrated.  As you get older your ability to sweat, which allows you to cool yourself off, decreases. Your ability to feel thirsty also dissipates, which can lead to major dehydration.

An elder’s reduced ability to regulate body temperature can also be exacerbated due to certain prescription medications and some health conditions. The consequences of this temperature instability may impede an individuals self-cooling mechanisms which can impact one’s health particularly in hot conditions.

(Always check with your doctor to make sure you’re on a safe dosage of your prescription medication to avoid complications with summer heat.)

Some tips to avoid dehydration are:

  • Drink plenty of water, but don’t over do it. Stick to 6-8 glasses daily.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Drink sports drinks with added electrolytes to replenish your body with nutrients.
  • Avoid sitting in weather that is above 90 degrees and always wear SPF when outdoors!