Summer seemed to bypass spring this year, giving us sunny days and hot temperatures. Staying cool – especially when the temperatures head into triple digits can be challenging.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are 65 years old or older are more susceptible than younger individuals to heat-related concerns. Along with the increased temperatures more likely impacting older adults, urban areas with little shade and lots of roads – including many of the places Help At Your Door serves – can create even warmer environments, as noted by the Sahan Journal. In an effort to stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses, Help At Your Door compiled short list of helpful tips.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to guzzle down a glass of water. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, when it’s hot outside avoid drinks with alcohol as well as those with high amounts of caffeine and sugar. They also note that cold drinks can lead to cramps. You can view their Extreme Heat Tip Sheet by visiting: https://bit.ly/3NJsFGh
Keep it cool.
If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and check to make sure its maintenance is up to date. During the hottest part of the day, keep your shades and curtains closed. Avoid using your oven.
If you do not have an air conditioner, consider taking a break from the heat by visiting a friend or venturing out to a public space such as a library, mall, theater, or recreation center. MPR News recently shared an interactive map identifying places to cool off in Hennepin County. If you need a ride to an air conditioned place, Help At Your Door provides transportation across the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
Protect yourself from the sun.
Wear sunscreen, a hat, and stay in the shade. Avoid wearing dark colors and dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. You can find more tips for staying cool this summer by exploring the educational resources listed below.