While summers in Malta are rather beautiful and looked forward to by many, it is important to understand the negative effects they have on the elderly. These include; breathlessness, dizziness, weakness, and confusion. Therefore, it is important to understand how to help the elderly cope with the heatwaves which are highly common during Maltese summers.
- Advise them to stay out of the sun from 11 am to 3 pm when the day is at its hottest.
While not insisting that the elderly should spend their summers indoors it is also important to protect them from the peek heat which can be felt at these times of the day. By doing so you will be preventing the possible negative side effects mentioned above.
- Close the windows and pull the blinds during the day, then open the windows in the evening if the temperature cools sufficiently.
It is important to ensure that the elderly as living in the appropriate temperatures that are beneficial to them, therefore, such precautions will enable them to feel more comfortable.
- Encourage them to drink plenty of cool drinks throughout the day. Ensure they always have enough in the fridge.
Hydration is critical particularly during this time of the year. Therefore, it is important to ensure that they are drinking sufficient amounts of water.
- Suggest they wear clothing that is loose and cool.
This type of clothing ensures that they are comfortable, while also allowing for air to pass through. As a result, they are less likely to sweat and feel weak.
- Recommend that they do any outside activities like gardening in the morning or evening, and to avoid doing too much physical activity.
As mentioned above particular hours during the day can be dangerous for the elderly, that is why it is important to get these activities done when the sun isn’t too hot that it might affect them poorly.
- If they get particularly hot, suggest that they take a cool shower or bath during the day.
Cooling down is crucial during August heat waves, therefore it is important to keep simple options in mind should they be needed.
- Forward planning is also a good idea. This could involve stocking up on enough food and drink to keep them going over the duration of the heatwave so they do not need to go shopping on hot days.
Planning ahead is always beneficial for the elderly as well as their families. Such high temperatures are highly predictable this time of year and therefore one must be prepared to protect themselves from any possible side effects so as to enjoy this beautiful season
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