August is typically the hottest month in Wisconsin. Below are 10 tips for seniors to stay cool:

 

  • WATER: Stay Hydrated. Drink eight or more 8-ounce glasses per day of water and/or fruitjuices every day to stay hydrated.
  • AVOID DRINKS THAT DEHYDRATE: Alcohol, soda, coffee and even tea can leave you dehydrated quickly. If at all possible, try to reduce the amount of these beverages, especially during hot weather. Plain or flavored water is a good substitute.
  • DRESS APPROPRIATELY:  Dress in light colors that will reflect the sun. Wear loose-fitting and light fabrics to help your skin breath in the heat.
  • PROTECT YOUR SKIN: When exposed to the sun, protect your skin from damage by wearing hats, sunglasses and a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  • PLAN YOUR DAY: In extreme heat and high humidity, do outside activities in the early am or late pm when the temperatures are less.
  • AIR CONDITIONING: If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does. A movie theater, the mall a friend or relative’s home or a community senior center are all good options.
  • AVOID EXTREME OUTDOOR HEAT: If you need to get out of the house and don’t drive, call a taxi, a friend or a transportation service.
  • COOL SHOWER OR BATH:  If you are feeling warm and do not have air conditioning, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature on extremely hot days.
  • KEEP YOUR HOME COOL:  Keep all curtains and blinds closed to help keep the inside of your home cool.
  • KNOW THE SIGNS:  Know the signs of heat stroke (e.g. flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness and confusion) and take immediate action if you feel them coming on.