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Summer Health Hazards for Seniors

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Summer is just around the corner, which means people of all ages want to get outside and soak up some sun. It is the perfect time to visit the beach, plant a garden, or have a barbecue. Seniors look forward to participating in the season’s best activities as much as anyone else, but there are some health hazards to watch out for.

1. Dehydration

Summer is the easiest time of the year to become dehydrated, so hourly caregivers in Omaha should make sure seniors drink plenty of water and do not spend extended periods of time in the sun. Also, seniors should avoid being active during the hottest parts of the day, and seek shade when possible. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth and feeling lightheaded.

2. Sun Exposure

A little sun exposure is good for seniors, as it helps get some vitamin D in the body, but too much can be a serious problem, particularly for elderly. Painful sunburns, aging of the skin, and skin cancer are some of the problems that can occur when seniors do not take proper precautions in the sun. Sunscreen, light clothing, shade, and limited exposure during the hottest parts of the day can cut the risks. The sun can also cause eye damage, so seniors should also wear a quality pair of sunglasses.

3. Diseases from Bugs

Seniors who spend time outside, particularly in wooded areas, should have their skin checked daily for ticks, which can lead to Lyme disease if the tick is left attached to the skin too long. Mosquitoes are also a problem during the summer, and they carry all sorts of diseases, like the West Nile Virus. Prevent seniors from bites by using bug spray.

4. High Body Temperature

Even if a senior is not exposed to the sun, the heat can cause hyperthermia, which is an umbrella term for heat-related conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Some seniors take medications that prevent their bodies from regulating its own temperature when the mercury rises. Make sure seniors who stay indoors have fans, air conditioning, or ways to ventilate their living space. Make sure they dress properly in lighter clothing, and keep them inside when temperatures reach record highs.

With a little forethought and planning, your senior loved one can have a wonderful summer. Worried about him or her living alone as the temperatures increase? Hourly or live-in care in Omaha is a solution worth considering. A caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help your loved one around the home, ensure he or she eats balanced meals and stays hydrated, and promote an overall high quality of living.

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