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Ways to Help Senior Citizens Beat the Summer Heat

We’ve put together a great list of tips for PERS dealers to share with senior subscribers that can help keep them safe this summer.

We are in the middle of summer, which means fun BBQs, lots of sunshine, and time with family and friends. Unfortunately, it can also come with hot temperatures which puts our senior citizens at risk. We’ve put together a great list of tips for PERS dealers to share with senior subscribers that can help keep them safe this summer.

How Senior Citizens Can Stay Cool During Hot Summers

  1. Don’t forget to wear your PERS device. Your PERS device can be your best friend in hot weather (or whenever!). If you start to feel dizzy, dehydrated, or just generally unwell, you can get help quickly with your PERS device.  
  2. Keeping cool is a must. And that doesn’t mean being on-trend. We’re talking about staying indoors, staying in the shade, and using fans and air-conditioning when it’s hot out.  
  3. Hydration is key. We all know that we should be drinking at least 8 hours of water a day, and that’s especially true during the hot weather. On top of that, also try and stay away from caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, etc), when it’s really hot.  
  4. Sunscreen. Seniors have an increased risk of sun burns and skin cancer, from increased sun exposure – so sunscreen is a MUST! Make sure to cover your face, (including ears and neck), arms, legs, etc. and make sure you re-apply every 2-3 hours.  
  5. Don’t forget about your eyes. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, and decrease the risk of vision problems caused by the sun. 
  6. Wear the right clothes. This means making sure you’re protecting your skin with loose-fitting and light-coloured clothes, plus hats to cover your head and neck. 
  7. Factor in your medications and side effects. Double-check your medications because some medications can put you at additional risk when it’s hot out. If you’re unsure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  8. Make sure you know the signs of heat stroke. Heatstroke can be fatal, especially for seniors. Here are the symptoms you’re keeping an eye out for:  
    • Headache 
    • Nausea and vomiting 
    • Fainting 
    • Rapid pulse 
    • Dry, flushed skin
    • Confusion 
    • Heavy breathing 
    • A body temp that’s higher than 40 degrees 

If you feel any of those symptoms, get to a cool place and lay down as soon as possible. 

Dealers, we encourage you to use these tips and share this information with the seniors in your life and with your PERS customers. Let’s make sure we all have a great summer and everyone stays safe.  

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