Air conditioning or even air conditioning servicing is perceived by many as an extravagance instead of a need. However, with the intense weather and climate conditions caused by climate change that is experienced globally, air conditioning just might be the solution to balance these conditions indoors.

For seniors, the significance of air conditioning can’t be undervalued, especially for those residing in places that are nearer to the equator as well as in places that have scorching heat during the summer season. Although it rarely makes the news, it is a fact that heat waves have taken the lives of people around the globe. For instance, there were four cases of heat wave-related deaths in August 2016 in Philadelphia, and more than seventy thousand back in 2003 in Europe.

Senior Citizens Are At Greater Risk

Senior citizens in general, because of their older age, are susceptible to have a weaker and more vulnerable system putting their overall health in a fragile condition. Compared to others, senior citizens are more likely to experience the harmful effects of severe heat and are predisposed to develop yet more complications due to it, which includes extreme dehydration as well as stroke. In point of fact, throughout the summer season, ailments related to heat are the leading reasons of seniors being hospitalized.

After 65 years of age, our body can’t grow accustomed to shifts in the temperature in the air, particularly heat, as rapidly as it adjusted when we were younger. This makes our body open to heat-related ailments. Moreover, this risk could be greater if seniors have a chronic health illness or require particular medications that meddle with normal response of the body towards heat. Additionally, a number of medications limit the capability of the body to perspire.

How To Cool Off?

Since not everyone could pay for air conditioning, there are a lot of ways to cool off and still enjoy the summer. Here are a few tips and precautions:

  • Produce a cross breeze or wind by means of opening windows on differing sides of the house or room.
  • When in direct sunshine, cover windows with curtains or blinds and keep them drawn throughout the hottest time of the day.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine and avoid any kind of alcoholic beverage as you’ll tend to lose much fluid. Drink more cool liquids (even when you are not thirsty) such as water and/or vegetable and/or fruit juices.
  • If possible, spend 2 hours (at least) in a room or place where it is air-conditioned such as the senior center, the mall or the library.

 

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