Tips for seniors: heatwave, how to better deal with the heat of summer?

Some tips to face the heat

For the elderly, the hot are also demanding that the cold weather. The means to fight against the heat is limited, we must know them to use them well.

Vis-à-vis the cold, man can isolate himself, vis-à-vis the heat, only sweating and evaporation of sweat that cool the skin.

This mechanism exposes highly sensitive to two problems:

excess loss, it can cause dehydration
insufficiency, it poses a dangerous warming of the body: it is heat stroke.
Seniors appreciate the wrong temperature and does not think to protect themselves. They perspire less and slower. They need more time to revive their sweating after a phase of secretion. They are therefore at risk despite the absence of clinical signs warning. When the first signs appear, it is too late.
To avoid reaching this point, there is only one solution: think of drinking at regular intervals throughout the day, or at least the times of meals.

The elderly are the first affected because they are more victims of a disruption of the thirst mechanism. Thirst is a sensation that normally occurs when our body needs water to keep his balance. Eople in the elderly, the sensation of thirst does not correspond exactly to the needs, the thirst appears with some delay. Older people must learn to drink, even before really thirsty.

Download the brochure of the IGS "Tips for seniors: how to better deal with the heat of summer?"

Summary of precautions:

Do this:

Avoid direct sunlight.
Ventilate living quarters.
Cool to room temperature: shutters, windows closed and open sunny side in the shade.
Humidify the atmosphere (a dish full of water per room is an indication of drought and well compensated). Wet the floor of the balcony, if possible.
DRINK:
at least 1.5 liters per day and preferably more than 2 liters in hot weather.
DRINK at every meal.
Drink between meals.
Cool the body by a cool bath, shower or simply with wet cloths placed on the members, on the neck, on the head.
Reminder to caregivers / neighbors avoid isolation

Each person can and must also worry about their elderly neighbors and / or parents.
A simple phone call, even a short visit to check that "hopefully" by recalling some tips to avoid dehydration, testifies to our elders that one has not forgotten and are in our hearts even during the summer holidays.

Prevent the risk of summer, it's also helping to maintain social ties. Associations or public bodies are busy every summer to provide a presence to individuals who come to them. They prevent the isolation and participate in fun activities such as "Little Brothers" or the clubs third age often created at the initiative of municipal services.
In case of difficulties in terms of home support, please contact the CCAS your city, the City Council or the branch office closest to you, so they can restore acceptable living conditions or refer you to an accommodation in a temporary facility for the elderly, if you need it.

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