While heat exhaustion may pose a mild threat or discomfort for middle-aged caregivers, it can be life threatening to the elderly. There are various types of drugs that are typically given to the elderly in order to prevent overheating. However, folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, can be a natural and inexpensive alternative.
Folic acid increases blood flow to the skin and even helps reduce the risk of cardiac disease. In a recent article, Health Central discusses other methods of keeping the elderly safe in extreme heat:
- Provide cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
- Seek an air conditioned environment if possible.
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Provide a cool bath or shower.
Small, preventative measures are important in keeping your loved one safe during the hot, summer months. In addition to these methods of prevention, talk with a doctor about supplementing extra folic acid into your loved one’s diet to ensure the avoidance of heat exhaustion.