Although these activities can be enjoyable, there is potential for becoming seriously hurt during a heat wave, especially for senior residents.
According to leading medical research, dehydration may increase the risk of experiencing some type of critical cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or a heart attack.
In a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, there is a significant spike in senior residents visiting emergency rooms, particularly those who are 75 years or older.
Despite this concern, there is no reason why you should avoid enjoying everything Beaverton and the greater Portland community has to offer when it comes to going outside or attending some type of event.
Make sure to follow through with the following tips for staying cool and healthy on days that are especially hot.
Drink Plenty of Water
For senior residents, dehydration is a serious concern that needs to remain top-of-mind at all times.
Try to keep plenty of sweat replacement beverages like Gatorade by your side when traveling in order to remain hydrated, as well as to maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes within your system.
Try To Eliminate Caffeine from Your Diet
Although caffeinated beverages are usually sweet and delicious, try your best to skip your usual iced coffee to prevent dehydration from setting in.
Caffeine acts as a diuretic within your kidneys, which essentially drains the liquid out of your body. Try to supplement your caffeinated beverage with a refreshing iced lemon water instead.
Try To Avoid Direct Sun Exposure
The most effective way to prevent overheating is to avoid direct contact from the sun on days that are especially warm.
Although you might have the urge to go outside, staying close to an air conditioner on days that are extremely hot and humid is the safest choice you can make to avoid dehydration and sever sunburns.
When you are outside, make sure to wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30, as well as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Keep Your Kitchen As Cool As Possible
Instead of cooking hot meals this summer, try switching to a variety of delicious cold dishes.
Fresh salads loaded with organic fruits and veggies, fruit smoothies, and hard-boiled eggs are all great ways to stay healthy, feel nourished, and keep your home cooler without having to run the air conditioning at length.
Wash the Heat Right Off
Soaking a small towel or cloth in cool water and wrapping it around your neck or on the top of your head is a great, simple way to stay cool when heading outdoors.
Your body temperature will decrease and you’ll feel much more refreshed.
Maintain Your Natural Body Weight
Make sure you are aware of your body weight at all times in order to understand if any type of deviation is taking place.
If you notice that you have lost two to three pounds in a single day due to the heat, make sure you drink plenty of liquids as soon as possible in order to return to your normal weight.
Otherwise, the risk of suffering a heart attack or heat stroke increases significantly.
Stay Cool at Hearthstone Senior Living Community in Beaverton
At Hearthstone, we are more of a family than anything else, which means that remain vigilant when it comes to understanding and supporting each individual’s medical and personal needs.
Our on-site managers are readily available and easily accessible; ensuring that there is always someone who can provide direct assistance throughout the summer.
Every Hearthstone resident has their own personal call button, which guarantees an immediate response in case of an emergency. Even more so, our residents have direct access to medication aids and professional caregivers who work on site and are available twenty four hours a day.
12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
10880 SW Davies Rd
Beaverton, OR 97008