Monthly Archives: June 2015

6 Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly


Summer is my favorite time of year. I look forward to long scenic bike rides, pool parties and weekends at the cottage. While it’s great to get outside for long stretches of time and enjoy the warm air and bright sunshine, seniors must be careful of season’s heat and humidity.

Part of the reason why older people can’t handle the heat as well as those that are younger is because they don’t sweat as effectively and have poorer circulation. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions or are on medications that limit their ability to respond to changes or affect their cooling system, perspiration. Obesity, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions are examples of conditions that compound this risk.

In order to safeguard your senior loved one from heat-related illnesses, as extreme as stroke, there are steps we can take to minimize the risk and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of this wonderful season.

  1. Review weather forecasts and make sure they ride out the extreme heat in a place that is air conditioned. If not in their home, plan for activities in a community centers, museums, shopping malls, etc. where the temperature will be controlled. Perhaps, there is a neighbor of family member whose home they can spend some time at.
  2. While margaritas at a beach front patio restaurant may seem attractive for most, these types of beverages will dehydrate your senior loved one and make them prone to the elements. Encourage them to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages, especially water.
  3. Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics such as linen and cotton. Hats are purposeful and can be very fashionable, but make sure that they are loosely woven or ventilated so they don’t trap heat. The best are those that are broad-brimmed so they shade the entire face.
  4. Use Sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, on all exposed body parts including the face and ears
  5. Avoid overexerting with strenuous activity; have family members or caregivers assist with these types of activities or if really necessary do these tasks really early in the morning. Periodic naps might also be a good idea.
  6. If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.

In spite of the potential hazard to seniors, summer is a great season! Knowing about the potential implications of extreme heat and taking preventative measures will ensure that they enjoy summer as much today as they did years ago. It may be that a day at the beach is swapped for some time at a public pool and a fancy “mock-tail” substituted for that margarita but the memory of this summer will markedly be remembered by the quality of time you spend with your senior loved one.

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Nine Tips for Senior’s Caregivers to Battle Allergies

Nine Tips for Senior’s Caregivers to Battle Allergies

June is an exciting time of year!  Winter boots have been swapped for sandals and flip-flops, the weather is at its best with trees, gardens and flowers in full bloom.  Unfortunately, if you’re one of the many people who have seasonal allergies, this is a season where your nosy many be running, your eyes itching, and you’re sneezing non-stop!  Allergies can be a pain, especially when you’re working with vulnerable seniors who may be alarmed by your cold-like symptoms and catching them as well.  Here are some tips for keeping your allergies under control.

  1. Use the air conditioning instead of keeping window open all day and night.
  2. Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier
  3. Clean floors often with a vacuum
  4. Avoid outdoor activity early in the morning, when pollen counts are highest
  5. Start taking allergy medications as soon as your symptoms are coming on
  6. Take off your shoes and change your clothes when you get home in the evenings to avoid tracking pollen throughout your home
  7. Take a shower before you go to bed to rinse pollen out of your hair
  8. Consider going to your doctor to get tested for allergies
  9. Try natural remedies, such as neti pot.  Studies show that neti pots are effective for minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms

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Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, plans for spoiling your dad should be under way, but what do you get for the guy that seemingly has everything and asserts that he wants absolutely nothing?  Ties? Gift cards? I’ve even tried re-gifting things that I thought he’d have more use for than I (what can I say, I’m cheap) and all were received with the congenial “thank you”.  This year will be different!

What better way to celebrate dad, than by sitting together with the family, on June 21, for traditional Sunday dinner.  That’s the ticket!  I’m sure that for most men, like myself, expressing love through words just a little awkward.  This Father’s Day gift should be about spending time with each other and creating memories.  No dust catchers for later generations to sort or hideous “Necktie of the Month Club” ties.  This is a great time to take the and make a commitment to spending times with your loved one.

Dad doesn’t want more socks, he wants time with you! So this Father’s Day, honor the man who taught you to ride a bike, tossed a ball with you or who walked you down the isle; make him feel like the greatest, by being surrounded by his loved ones, for Sunday night dinner, on this special day.