Did you know that even a small increase in body temperature could have a big effect on the
health of seniors dealing with chronic medical conditions? Heart patients, stroke victims, and overweight seniors, should take special precautions in the heat.
These tips will help you keep your cool in the late summer heat:
- Staying active is still recommended, but be safe. If you want to venture outside for a walk, make sure to take a friend and head out early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has started going down.
- If you don’t have air conditioning at home, seek out cool public spaces during the hottest times of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Shopping malls, movie theaters, coffee shops, and public libraries are all good options.
- Check with your local community center. Some communities set up special cooling centers during heat waves.
- In the DC area, contact the DC Office on Aging to find out about programs available to assist seniors with fewer resources to get air conditioning and other safety services installed in their homes.
What is your favorite way to stay cool during the summer? Let me know in the comments below or reach out on LinkedIn.