Beating the Heat
A Heat stroke is a very serious and fatal condition that needs to be treated immediately. Heat strokes occur when the body gets so hot it’s unable to dissipate the heat which causes the body temperature to rise. Some of the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke include:
high body temperature
absence of sweating with hot red, dry skin
Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate medical attention. Call 911 right away, then get the victim to a shaded/cool area, remove clothing and apply cool water. Have the victim drink cold water (if they are able to) and monitor their body temperature.
We’re kicking off the month of June with men’s health. With father’s day right around the corner (June 16th), we want to appreciate the men in our lives and ensure they’re being as healthy as possible. So, what can men do to improve their overall health?
- Get checked for colorectal cancer. Men over the age of 50 should be checked for colorectal cancer; the screening process can prevent, not just diagnose cancer by undergoing a colonoscopy or similar procedure.
- Reduce sodium intake: Avoid processed, packaged and canned food to lower the risks of heart disease.
- Move: If you’re unable to do too much moving, a little bit can help! Try taking a short walk at least once a day to decrease the risk of diabetes and make you feel a little better.
- Know what your blood pressure is: If you’re unsure what your blood pressure is or what it needs to be, consult your doctor then check it regularly. High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” and can severely damage the heart, kidneys, eyes and brain.
If you have any warning signs such as unusual pain, bloody urine or stools, make an appointment with your physician right away.
~Give yourself the gift of good health
Stairs can be a safety hazard for people of all ages, but especially seniors. If you or someone you know travels up and down stairs every day, be sure to take precaution; hold onto handrails, install rubber treads or anti-slip tape. Stairs should be brightly illuminated and the top and bottom of the stairs should be free from objects.
We’ve found a few gadgets for seniors who need some additional assistance going up and down their stairs:
- Stair lift: These are electric lifts installed on the wall and carry someone up and down the stairs. These can be purchased new, reconditioned, or rented.
- Stair climbing wheelchair: This special wheelchair is designed to climb up and down stairs.
- EZ step: This device looks like a cane, but has a plastic base on the bottom that add a step between stairs.
- Stairsteady: This is a handrail with a supporting rail attached to it. When going up and down the stairs, the person operating the stairsteady holds onto the rail while moving at their own pace.
If you have any questions regarding stair safety or the awesome gadgets listed above, feel free to contact us at any time!
~ Southern Arizona Eldercare
With temperatures in the high 80’s- low 90’s in Green Valley everyone must start thinking about protection from the sun; especially our Seniors! Since older skin doesn’t heal as well and is less able to protect itself, seniors are more vulnerable to skin cancer and infections. Follow these simple tips to help protect your skin from the harmful UV sun rays:
- Use a moisturizer to keep delicate skin from drying out.
- Use sunscreen- The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to help protect skin- even if you’re taking a short walk or going to and from the car.
- If you’re going to be spending time in the sun, wear protective clothing. Wear lightweight long sleeved shirts and pants, then top it off with a hat. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside, look for clothing designed to offer UV protection along with UV blocking sunglasses.
- Stay inside between 10 am and 4 pm when possible; this is the time when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Tint the windows in your car. Although you’re in a vehicle, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate inside your vehicle; the state of Arizona allows drivers to tint windows to 30%.
Protecting your skin all year is crucial to your health, but especially during this hot summer months! Try to stay cool and enjoy your summer!
~ Southern Arizona Eldercare
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