The summer heat can bring health risks to aging loved ones.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people in the United States die from extreme heat each year. It’s no surprise that people 65 years of age and older are more susceptible to heat-related health problems.
- Older adults do not always adjust well to sudden changes in temperature.
- They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that can affect typical body responses to heat.
- They are more likely to be taking prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control temperature or sweat.
It’s very important to take the necessary precautions to ensure your older loved one stays safe and healthy during these hot summer months.
Our Co-Founder and CEO, Jeff Bevis, wrote this helpful piece on 4 Quick Tips for Hot Weather Caregiving, which originally appeared on Forbes.com.
Jeff has personally served as a caregiver for family members four times in his life and he is passionate about improving quality of life for clients. That is central to the culture of care that FirstLight Home Care promises.
Read this advice and share it with the caregiver and the older adult in your life.