Age Cymru is today reminding older people about how to stay cool during hot weather.
Claire Bottomley, our Healthy Ageing Manager says:
“Many of us will be enjoying this spell of hot weather.
“But with these high temperatures, it’s important that older people know how to avoid the possible effects the heat may have on their health and wellbeing.
“This is why Age Cymru is today issuing some simple hints and tips so that older people and their families can make the most of the good weather.”
Age Cymru’s hot weather tips for older people:
1. Try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat in the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm);
2. If you go out stay in the shade, wear a hat and light loose fitting clothes which are preferably cotton;
3. If you are outside for some time, take plenty of fresh drinking water with you as well as a high factor suncream/block (at least factor 15);
4. Take cool showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck;
5. Drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty - water/fruit juice is best and try to avoid alcohol;
6. Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water;
7. Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun;
8. Open windows when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation;
9. If you are worried about security, at least open windows on the first floor and above;