DO SWEAT THE HEAT....DEHYDRATION IS SERIOUS
Jonathon visited his mother during a heat wave. As he went to get his third glass of water, he noticed his mother’s glass was untouched. He said, “Mom, it’s hot out! You need to drink.” His mother replied, “I’m fine dear. I’m not thirsty one bit.”
You’re adequately hydrated if you’re not thirsty, right? WRONG! Thirst is not a reliable gauge of your body’s fluid needs, especially in the elderly.
Summer heat increases your risk for dehydration. Dehydration is serious. Even a mild imbalance of water can cause serious medical problems. According to the National Center for Disease Control, more Americans die of extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.
Any fire-fighter will tell you that as the temperature goes up in a heat wave, medics respond to many more calls about elderly people who are dizzy or weak or even fainting. In most cases the medics find the health problems are a result of dehydration. Dehydration places the elderly at risk for medical problems that run the gamut from annoying symptoms like headaches to life-threatening events like heart failure or stroke.
Let’s make the lives of all those hard-working fire-fighters and medics easier by helping our loved ones avoid heat-related medical problems. It’s easy. Just help them keep cool and help them stay hydrated.
Here are some tips to stay hydrated on those hot summer days: