Jul 10, 2018
While many people are basking in the heatwave the country is currently experiencing the homes are asking people to remember that not everyone enjoys the higher temperatures. In fact, for some older people the heat can be dangerous, triggering breathing problems, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Zita Turner, home manager at The Potteries said: “Our bodies regularly react to changing temperatures, however for older people – particularly for those living with dementia – the body’s ability to adapt is affected. It is therefore vital to help loved ones and those in the local community to get plenty of fluids – especially during a prolonged hot spell such as this.”
Zita has highlighted some top tips to stay hydrated and healthy in warmer weather:
Janet Lewis, home manager at Ferndown Manor added: “It is important to look out for signs of dehydration in older people, including muscle cramps in the arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should rest in a cool place out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids, but it is important to contact a GP or the NHS 111 helpline for advice if symptoms persist or worsen. As the hot weather continues, don’t forget to pop round and see older neighbours and friends to make sure that they are OK.”
For more top tips about healthy eating in older age, download Care UK’s Eating as we age– a free guide for older people and their family carers on how to eat well and stay hydrated in older age.careuk.com/eat.
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