It often seems as if summer lasts from Easter to Halloween. But we typically see the hottest of the hot days (the “dog days” of summer) in late July and August. There are several things that can be done to beat the heat this summer. With a little diligence and preparation, we should be able to enjoy these dog days of summer safely.
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It often seems as if summer lasts from Easter to Halloween. But we typically see the hottest of the hot days (the “dog days” of summer) in late July and August. And this raises some concern for keeping safe and cool. Seniors may be at higher risk of heat-related maladies as they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Additionally, as we grow older, our bodies become less efficient at regulating body temperature. Certain health conditions and medications can also make it more difficult for the body to regulate its temperature or to perspire.
Fortunately, there are several things we can do to stay safe and cool, even in the midst of summer’s hottest days.
For many our sensitivity to heat dulls as we age, so does our awareness of thirst. This, along with our body’s ability to conserve water as we grow older, put seniors at greater risk of dehydration.
Summer heat adds to the risk, because on hot days, the body loses water more quickly. Here are some tips to staying hydrated this summer.
If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, consult your physician about how to get the fluids you need during the hot summer months.
Here are some other ways to beat the heat this summer:
With a little diligence and preparation, we should be able to enjoy these dog days of summer safely.
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