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SUMMER HEALTH TIPS FOR SENIORS

McClure, BSN, RN, PHN Care Manager

McClure, BSN, RN, PHN Care Manager

BSN, RN, PHN Care Manager at Livewell Private Care
Nicole is a Registered Nurse with acute hospital direct care and care management experience. She also brings solid skills in marketing and sales. She has been married for 29 years and resides in Southern California. She and her husband developed an international marketing team in the telecommunications industry, which now spans 24 countries. In October 2005 they joined a team that went on to create the 318th fastest growing privately held company and grew at a 758% growth rate in its first five years. Nicole joined the Livewell team in 2014. The company has thrived under her leadership. She attributes all success in business to customer service and truly caring about the outcome for all involved. Her motto is “We are always taking stock of where we are and bridging to the ideal because finished never is…”
McClure, BSN, RN, PHN Care Manager

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While it is important for Seniors to continue social distancing, wearing face mask, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces maintaining proper handwashing during the COVID 19 pandemic, it is also important to maintain a healthy immune system by getting outdoors. Fresh air, exercise, and sunlight boosts your immunity. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central role in human immunity.

Caregivers and seniors can stay cool and active using these tips.

Tip 1: Pay Attention to Heat Wave Reports

When you check the weather, pay attention to reports of heat waves. A combination of humidity and temperature, heat waves can affect the body temperature dangerously. There are three progressive levels of heat wave indicators to look for:

A heat watch indicates that a heat wave may be swelling up, increasing the risk of heat-related health problems. At this point, relocate any outdoor plans you have for the next two days to the indoors.

Heat warnings indicate a heat wave is imminent. Seniors should prepare for outages and being home-bound for a few days. Once a heat advisory is issued, seniors need to stay inside cool buildings and drink plenty of water. (Red Cross)

Tip 2: Stay Hydrated

One of the best ways to prevent heat-related health problems is simply to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine, which actually dehydrates the body. Drink 8 glasses of water, fruit juices, and even healthy sports drinks to stay cool and filled up with needed fluid.

Tip 3: Protect Your Skin but Dress for Summer Weather

You’re never too old to suffer from sunburn. Protect your skin against sunburn and even skin cancer simply by applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Wear hats and light clothing too.

Light, airy clothing is best in the heat. Tight, dark, thick clothing can be problematic. To ensure comfort in air conditioning and outdoors, dress in easy to remove layers.

Tip 4: Recognize Signs of Heat-Related Emergencies

Being able to spot the signs of a heat-related emergency can save a life. Caregivers and seniors should pay attention to symptoms like:

  • Headache Quickened
  • Dizziness heartbeat
  • Lack of sweat
  • Difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
  • Weakness or cramping
  • Stomach problems or nausea
  • Fatigue

Signs like these can be indicators of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. If you notice these symptoms, take steps to cool off quickly and seek medical attention. (WebMD)

 

Tip 5: Know How to Get Cool Quickly

If someone is overheated or begins to show signs of heat-related health problems, get them cool quickly.

Getting cool can prevent overheating from becoming a medical  problem or reduce the severity of a heat- related emergency. (Family Doctor)

1.  Get out of the heat and into a cool space

2. Remove excess clothing, including shoes & socks

3. Lie down and elevate the legs

4. Apply cool, wet towels Drink water or a sports beverage

 

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