Vancouver, and British Columbia as a whole, has been hit with wave after wave of incredible weather this summer. Just this week, Environment Canada issued a special warm weather warning for Metro Vancouver!
But, are you prepared for the heat? With above average temperatures being predicted for the rest of the summer, it’s important that you take measures to stay comfortable and hydrated.
Check out these tips for keeping yourself cool and safe in the heat this summer:
- Stay Hydrated… At All-Times!
It is crucial for seniors to always have a healthy supply of water with them throughout the day. If you know you struggle to drink water, try flavoring it and see if that helps your drink more frequently! 8 glasses a day is still a good standard to go by for how much to drink throughout the day.
- Play within your Limits
Knowing the symptoms of sun stroke and hyperthermia is important. If you experience any of these symptoms, know that you need to adjust your behavior and start recovering as soon as possible. These symptoms can result in life threatening conditions. Symptoms to look out for include moody behavior, dry skin with no sweat, nausea, headaches, and fainting.
- Understand your Personal Needs
Before you head out into the sun, you should consult with your doctor regarding your medications. Certain meds are affected by higher temperatures, and this is information you need to know in order to prevent an unnecessary accident. Certain medical conditions are also exacerbated by the sun. Finally, remember that as a senior, you are more prone to falling victim to issues like heat stroke.
- Be Smart about your Activities
Although we aren’t endorsing that you stay cooped up indoors all-summer, we are suggesting you be smart about what you do, and most importantly, when you do it. If you want to do an activity during the mid-day heat, try a water aerobics class at the beach or pool. And as you exert any type of energy, be sure to have a water bottle on hand.
- Find some Shade
Try to always stick in the shade so you aren’t as exposed to the sun’s most intense rays. This also applies to properly shielding your home from the sun. To help keep your house cool, keep the curtains drawn and the fans pumping.
If you have any concerns or would like some help living more comfortably at home or booking an in home visit, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-866-982-2737 and speak with some about setting up an at home care assessment today.