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4 Easy Ways for Seniors to Stay Cool This Summer

By Debbie Waddell, 9:00 am on

The warm days of summer have arrived, but that doesn’t mean your elderly loved one needs to melt in the heat. Placer County home care experts have come up with fun ways for seniors to remain unruffled by rising temps. Read on for several ways to help your senior loved one keep cool this summer. 

1. Visit a local Senior Center
When it starts getting hot, encourage your loved one to check out the local senior center. Frequently air conditioned to help keep the elderly members cool, senior centers are a fun place for your loved one to socialize, try new things, and stay out of the sun. Most centers offer a variety of fun activities, including dances, parties, meals, and games. Plus, memberships are inexpensive, usually ranging from $10-15 per quarter.

2. Check out a Museum
As soon as your loved one steps through the doors of a local museum, he or she will be enveloped in cool air conditioning. In addition to the refreshing A/C, strolling exhibits or taking a museum tour can be a cognitively stimulating way for your loved one to get out of the house. If you’re unable to go with your loved one because of other responsibilities, a Placer County hourly caregiver can provide transportation and companionship for your loved one’s afternoon trip to a planetarium or art gallery. 

3. Dab on Some Witch Hazel
For days when your loved one would prefer to stay at home, there are a variety of home remedies you can try to help your loved one cool off. Witch hazel, a common topical astringent, is frequently used to soothe inflamed skin, but may also be used to lower skin temperature. For the best results, use cotton balls to spread witch hazel along your loved one’s neck, arms, wrists, and legs.

4. Refrigerate body lotion and gels
If you don’t have witch hazel, you may also consider storing body lotions and gels in the refrigerator. Having your loved one apply cold gels and lotions, like cocoa butter and aloe vera, directly from the fridge will immediately cool his or her skin temperature, and can feel especially refreshing immediately following a shower.

If you’re concerned that your loved one will become overheated while your other responsibilities are keeping you away from the home, the presence of a professional hourly or live-in caregiver in Placer County can provide peace of mind, ensuring your loved one isn’t overwhelmed by the summer heat. Learn more about the home care services at Home Care Assistance by calling a Care Manager at 916.226.3737 and scheduling a complimentary, in-home consultation.

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