We’re into the midst of summer, and it sometimes it seems like each summer is hotter than the one before. While we all have to deal with the heat, a hot day can be particularly problematic for seniors and those with breathing condition. Even walking across a parking lot or heading out to the mailbox can become an exhausting endeavor.

For those involved in home care for seniors, it can be a struggle between paying attention to forecasts for safety, and making sure seniors aren’t perpetually isolated indoors. Keep reading to learn 4 ways for your senior to beat the heat.

  1. Exercise is one of the keys when it comes to physical, mental, and emotional health. During summer, before the temperature rises, early mornings are the ideal time to get outside and get active. It’s also a good time for grocery shopping and other errands.
  2. Conversely, during the hottest part of the day, try to stay indoors as much as possible. By moving afternoon activities to the evenings, social activities are still possible without putting seniors at unnecessary risk.
  3. Everybody forgets the importance of hydration, but it’s particularly important when it comes to seniors. It’s a good idea to have a refillable water bottle handy when going out. When it gets really hot, it’s better to avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks and eat fruits, like watermelon, that are full of liquids.
  4. When spending time indoors, be sure to keep the blinds open to let sunlight in. Our bodies need the cues provided by sunshine to keep our circadian rhythm in balance.