Record high temperatures across the State of Texas can be extremely dangerous to vulnerable populations. If you are an senior citizen, take special care to protect yourself during periods of high heat.
Avoid Strenuous Activities: With high temperatures, seniors should stay in cool places and out of the sun. It’s important to reduce strenuous activities during extremely hot weather.
Protect Your Eyes: Too much exposure to the sun can irritate and cause damage to your eyes. When outside, wear sunglasses that provide protection from UV rays.
Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables are also recommended to help keep you hydrated.
Protect Yourself In The Sun: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when going outside, discard expired sunscreen as the ingredients deteriorate over time and may no longer be effective in protecting you. Hats are also a great idea for protecting against the sun. When possible stay in shaded areas like covered patios or shady trees.
Wear Light Clothing: Choose light-colored and loose-fitting clothes to keep cool. Natural fabrics such as cotton also help to keep cool.
Watch For Signs of Heat Stroke: Be mindful of signs of a heat stroke, which include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea and rapid pulse. Make sure you seek medical attention immediately if you experiences these symptoms.
Review Your Medications: Many seniors take medication on a daily basis. Some medications are known to cause side effects such as increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Be sure to review with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Be An Early Bird: Limit your outdoor activities to the morning and evenings since the sun is the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.