Thursday, July 21, 2011

Relief from the Heat

We've been experiencing hot humid weather here
in Maine...last night we found a bit of relief
along the shore but it was still very humid.

If you are in the midst of a heat wave I hope
you can find a cool spot to cope with
the weather.

Here are some excerpts from an article I found on-line
about dealing with the heat
and especially caring for elders in the heat:

"How to stay safe when the weather is hot 
• Lower your standards: 90 degrees is already too hot for many older adults 
• Go to an air-conditioned area (home, grocery store, mall, senior center, library) 
• Avoid strenuous activity 
• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and hats 
• Stay hydrated (not just water—see below) 
What are warning signs of dehydration or heat stroke? 
• Dizziness, confusion 
• Weakness, headache 
• Muscle cramps, nausea/vomiting 
• Fast pulse, sweating (but not always), passing out

What to do if you notice a problem 
• Get out of the heat ASAP and call for help if you cannot 
• Water is good, but it's not enough if you are sweating—drink a sports drink 
o Sweat contains salts (sodium and potassium chloride) 
o Many sweat replacement drinks on the market, get one for marathoners 
Dr Arbaje says making your own sweat replacement drink is easy and gave the following quick and easy recipe: 
• 1 quart (32 oz) or 1 liter water 
• 1/3 cup sugar 
• ¼ teaspoon table salt 
• Flavoring to taste – ex: orange or lemon juice 
• Keep refrigerated

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