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With summer fast approaching, it is important that we are all aware of how to look after ourselves. Most of us welcome hot weather but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn’t affect you or your loved ones.
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable include:
- Older people, especially those over 75
- Babies and young children
- People with mobility issues, including those with Parkinson’s disease or stroke survivors
- People who misuse alcohol or drugs
Older adults need to be more careful of overheating because their bodies don’t cope well with high temperatures and are also more likely to be dehydrated.
Their bodies can’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature.
This can be due to a number of things:
- Chronic medical conditions that change their body’s responses to heat.
- Prescription medicines that weaken their body’s ability to regulate temperature or actually prevent sweating.
- Poor circulation, mental illness or suffers with heart disease as their body won’t be efficiently sweating and cooling down.
In order to limit your chances of being affected by the heat, we have put together a few helpful tips;
- Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day (don’t rely on feeling thirsty) and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat light, cold meals like chicken or pasta salad instead of heavy, hot dishes like pot roast.
- Shut windows and pull down shades– open windows again once it’s cooler.
- Stay out of the sun at the height of the day - between 11am and 3pm.
- Use light coloured curtain to block out sun – metallic blinds and dark curtains make the room hotter.
- Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water – not cold.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications.
- Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat and sunglasses if you go outside.
- Use a lighter duvet in summer
- Run your wrists under a cold tap
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