Keeping Seniors Safe this Summer in San Diego’s Hot Weather

Keeping Seniors Safe this Summer in San Diego’s Hot Weather

With an extreme drought and heat waves this year’s summer will be a difficult one to manage. Throughout the San Diego region temperatures can soar during the summer months. Not only can these temperatures be uncomfortable, they can be detrimental to health. Among those at high risk of health disparities, include our local seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are about 650 heat related deaths each summer nationally. This statistic continues to rise annually. What is even more concerning is that half of these deaths consist of people aged 65 and older. It is important for seniors to become educated on the dangers of high temperatures and the safety measures that must be taken to stay healthy during summer months. As most know, the body functionally slows during the aging process. This is not always an issue however, when it comes to heat waves, the body cannot recognize as quickly temperature changes and our body’s temperature regulators do not work as well. Without the body recognizing heat, you become more susceptible to heat cramps, heat syncope, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. All of which can be very detrimental on the body. Steps to Stay Healthy in the Heat Although heat is harder on the body as we age, there are steps that can be taken in order to stay healthy and thrive during hot summer months. These include the following: Water – Drink fluids throughout the day even if you do not feel thirsty. As stated before, the body becomes slow to regulate temperature. The body is also slow to regulate thirst. Chronic dehydration is common...
Fining a San Diego Alzheimer’s Support Group

Fining a San Diego Alzheimer’s Support Group

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are presently living with Alzheimer’s disease. What is not always recognized is the amount of individuals caring for those with Alzheimer’s, which is approximately 15 million people in the United States. Though caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s can be a very rewarding experience, it can also be very difficult. Often times care givers forget about their own needs and experience emotions such as anger, grief and shock. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the victim and the victims loved ones. If the brain affects thoughts, feelings, personality, and behavior, then Alzheimer’s is going to affect how an individual thinks, feels, and what an individual does. Life is confusing for those dealing with Alzheimer’s symptoms, but it can also be confusing for those taking caring for the individuals with Alzheimer’s. It is important to remember people locally, nationwide, and worldwide are all attempting to cope with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s. Why are Alzheimer’s Support Groups Helpful? Support groups are an important and vital way for caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims to cope with the hardships that are inevitable. Without seeking support, relationships can become strained and broken. With Caregiver support groups, people can share ideas on how to deal with certain problems Alzheimer’s victims and their caregivers may face. Along with first-hand experience and education from others, caregivers involved in support groups can find the humor in their situations by sharing stories. Laughter is a healthy coping mechanism for stressful times and for those dealing with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s you can either cry to cope or laugh to cope. Laughing...
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