While many of us revel in the hot weather, when temperatures soar we need to take care of those who may be vulnerable.
A survey by older people’s charity Independent Age, released to mark the launch of the charity’s summer wise guide, found that almost three-quarters (71%) of people were not aware that heat-related deaths can start at temperatures as low as 25C.
The poll of 2,008 UK adults, carried out by Opinium, also revealed a lack of knowledge around skin protection, with nearly half (49%) of respondents not realising that sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure, and again just before going out.
Stay healthy and safe
Independent Age’s free summer wise guide provides accurate advice about how to enjoy the summer while staying healthy and safe. In the meantime, here are just a few of their top tips to beat the heat:
- Drink more than usual in hot weather even if you’re not thirsty. You need to drink about eight glasses of water a day.
- If it’s cooler indoors than outdoors, stay inside and help keep the heat out by closing windows and blinds or curtains.
- Apply sunscreen generously half an hour before going out and again just before you go out into the sun.
- The sun can also cause damage to your eyes, even when it’s not hot or on a cloudy day, so wear sunglasses.
- Keep in touch with people even if you can‘t go out much, and let them know if you’re feeling unwell. You can also call NHS 111 for advice.
- Heatwaves can happen suddenly. Listen out for Met Office warnings and be prepared.
Summer wise includes information about keeping living areas cool, hydration, medications, and a checklist to get your home ready.
It is free to order and download online, or can be ordered free by calling 0800 319 6789.
Care For People Living With Dementia
“Dehydration can be a big issue for a person with dementia as they may not remember to drink fluids throughout the day,” Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, says.
“Ensure that any cups or glasses are nearest to the hand they write with and they can easily see them.
“Try not to include pieces of fruit within the water as this can sometimes be confusing and off-putting for a person with dementia. If the person prefers to drink fruit squashes add this to the water as this can make it more appealing for the person and easier for them to see.
“Our Admiral Nurses specialise in practical advice to help people with dementia and their families get the best quality of life. For more information, call our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678.”