Summer Heat

We live in the hot and humid south but there are ways to help you stay healthy and save energy at the same time. Seniors are particularly prone to hot weather & its threat. There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration.
Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. But always check with your doctor if you are on any medication or have any fluid restriction. Know what the Heat index is. When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. Stay indoors during the hottest time of the day mostly from 10:00 till 5:00. Cut down on your air conditioning use by closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home. Keep you’re a/c at a consent temperature, it cost more to run if you turn it off & then on or turn if high when you are not home & then down when you get home. If you can keep it around 78 in the summer time & change the filters monthly it should help. Wear light, loose fitting clothes, they will help keep you cool. Eat lightly, minimize the use of your oven. Microwaves, crockpots and toaster ovens are great warm-weather stand-ins. Use portable fans for rooms that are used the most, such as the living room and bedroom. Make use of hand-held, battery-operated fans and misters. These inexpensive gadgets usually can be found in many stores. They can be lifesavers during hot weather, especially if the power goes out. Run the dry at night when it is cooler out & shut off the heat dry on your dishwasher. Unplug electronics don’t forget about phone chargers and any other chargers or placing the computer in sleep mode. Use a power strips, allow you to shut off electricity to these devices all at once. You can also contact your local electric company for an energy audit. There are also programs that can assist with electric bill some of based on income and some aren’t. Call 211 or our office for more information on programs.

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