Because of the changes in seniors’ bodies as they age, they become less able to regulate their body temperature and have a harder time adjusting to rapid changes in heat. As a result of their lessened ability to adjust to higher temperatures, it is essential to know the first signs of heat stress and what you can do to protect your loved one or yourself from heat-related illnesses.
When your loved one has dementia, family members can become uncomfortable with the idea of visiting or spending time with their loved one. They may not know what to say or do when they are around them, or they may even feel uncomfortable and intimidated. As unsure as you and other family members may be about visiting your loved one, it’s one of the best things that you can do for them during this trying time, as visiting helps to increase physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.
In an article by Harvard Health Publications about the benefits of time spent outdoors, it states that many Americans, especially those who are older, spend 90% of their time indoors. As seniors age, the likelihood of going outdoors decreases.
As seniors age, the likelihood of becoming a caregiver to your loved one as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia becomes more of a reality. Whether becoming a caregiver is in your future or you are currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, it is important to realize that you are not alone.
As seniors age, they become less able to adjust to high temperatures and have a harder time adjusting to rapid changes in temperature. With the summer months on their way, it is essential to know the first signs of heat stress and what you can do to protect your loved one and yourself from heat-related illnesses.