Beat the heat with survival kit
July 21, 2010 - For most of us, record summer heat means little more than higher cooling bills and more time at the pool – but for local seniors living on their own, the consequences are far more serious.
That's why the local senior care experts from Senior Helpers, the nation's fastest growing in-home senior care provider, are advising families to protect aging relatives by putting together a simple Senior Summer Survival Kit.
These kits are an easy, inexpensive way to make sure elderly loved ones have what they need to stay safe and comfortable during hot summer days – especially when family members may be off on vacation.
"Seniors are far more susceptible to health problems related to summer heat than any other demographic," said Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers. Taking the time to prepare one of these kits to make sure loved ones have the essentials they need can make all the difference in preventing a serious situation."
Quick Facts: Why is Heat
Dangerous for Seniors?
• The amount of water retained by the body decreases substantially with age.
• As a result, seniors are at far greater risk of heat-related health problems such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, severe sunburn and dehydration.
• Over 8,000 Americans have died as a result of heat-related afflictions during the past two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What's in the
'Senior Summer Survival Kit?'
• Reusable water bottle to maintain hydration
• Copies of all prescriptions and health insurance cards
• Phone numbers of health care providers and information concerning chronic health problems
• Sunscreen, at least SPF 30, to prevent serious burns
• Multivitamins to keep the immune systems strong
• Battery operated/hand-held fan in case of power outages and extreme heat
The Senior Summer Survival Kit can be easily purchased and assembled for under $25 in less than 15 minutes.
"Most heat-related issues for seniors can be avoided through simple planning and precaution," Ross said. "When it's unbearably hot outside for you and your kids, it's downright dangerous for seniors. Take a few minutes and make sure that mom, dad and any other senior family members have everything they need to be safe this summer. A few minutes of planning and a quick trip to the drug store can make all the difference."