Checking on the elderly!

With the forecast of temperatures predicted to be higher than 30°C over the next few days, please remember the importance of checking on the elderly.

While many people enjoy soaking up the sun, we still need to make sure that we are drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Older people are more at risk of experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion.
By keeping all window shut and the curtains closed, it helps reduce the amount of heat entering buildings. If fans and air conditioning is available, use these instead of opening the window.

By taking a visit and checking up on any elderly family members or neighbours, you can easily help and advise them to stay out of the sun, especially during the hotter times of the day (usually around midday).

Here are some symptoms of dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion to be aware off:
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Sweating
• Nausea/vomiting
• Fainting
• Disorientation

If you or an elderly person you know are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned, please see medical advice.