|Try these easy tips for staying cool.|
- Drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages (not extremely cold, which can cause cramps).
- Individuals limited by how much they can drink — whether because of incontinence, medication such as water pills, or other reasons — should discuss fluid intake with their doctors.
- If nutrition and hydration are problems, the elderly should talk to their health care providers or dietitians about nutritionals, such as juices, shakes and powders.
- Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing.
- Resting and avoiding strenuous activities, including staying indoors in an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.
- Taking cool baths or showers.
- Making sure emergency help is available 24/7 by equipping a senior’s home with monitoring and safety tools.