- July 30, 2021
-- The heat of summer brings opportunities for fun in the sun, but the often severe weather conditions associated with the warmest time of year can also pose risks for seniors. GrandPad, creator of the purpose-built tablet for seniors, is offering tips and reminders to help family caregivers keep elderly loved ones safe from heat and sun dangers -- without missing any family moments.
For seniors, summer can be a potentially dangerous season if they don't tend to their safety and well-being. In fact, seniors over the age of 65 are more prone (https://c212.net/
to heat-related health problems and they are more likely to either have a chronic health condition that influences their body's ability to respond to the heat, or they are taking prescription medications that affect their body's ability to handle the heat.
Family caregivers can prevent heat-related health problems in seniors without isolating them to their air-conditioned home or residence with the following tips from GrandPad.
- Stay connected. Use technology to stay connected on a daily basis with seniors so they don't become isolated and lonely as they are trying to avoid extreme heat. Use video chat for a visual check-in on loved ones, and share family vacations or everyday activities such as gardening and sporting events for the grandkids.
- Stay hydrated. Overheating and dehydration are both major concerns for seniors, but in the summer, it's even more important to ensure they take the appropriate steps to proactively stay hydrated. Seniors often experience reduced appetite and thirst.
- Limit time in direct sunlight. While the warmth of the sun may be comforting, keep in mind seniors have sensitive skin. To prevent skin damage from occurring, encourage or help seniors to apply sunscreen once an hour and limit the amount of time they spend in extreme heat and direct sunlight.
- Wear sunscreen. Wearing SPF sunscreen is sound advice for everyone, but seniors need to protect their skin from the sun, even on cloudy days. Re-apply every few hours to stay protected.
- Dress with care. Clothing can play a huge part in how a senior tolerates sun and heat. Choose light, bright colors that don't absorb as much sunlight. Hats with large brims and UV-repelling sunglasses can also protect their eyesight.
GrandPad is being used to connect more than 1.2 million people — including seniors, family members, friends, and caregivers — in more than 120 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit GrandPad.net. (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=3240873-1&...