Monday, June 24, 2013 —
Hot Weather Tips from DHHS
Talk with your doctor and be aware of the medications you take and how they may affect you. For example, know that painkillers can reduce awareness of the heat, and diuretics, which promote fluid loss, can lead to dehydration more often during hot weather.
Drink plenty of liquids such as water, fruit or vegetable juices to replace the fluids lost by sweating. As a person ages, thirst declines.
During high temperatures (above 95 degrees Fahrenheit) try to spend some part of every day in air conditioning. Join your local senior center http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/scenters/scenters.htm or take advantage of buildings made accessible to seniors during excessive heat. Visit a mall or library or a friend with air conditioning if you do not have access to it.
Move outdoor activities indoors or to the cooler parts of the day (morning, evening) when possible.
Take the heat seriously, and do not ignore danger signs like nausea, dizziness or lightheadedness, fatigue, confusion, labored breathing, chest discomfort, and rapid or erratic pulse. These can all be signs of heat illness, which can be deadly. Get to a cool place, drink cool water slowly and seek medical help.