DALY ENCOURAGES ELDERLY TO GET A TAN BUT BE SAFE

June 26th 2018

DALY ENCOURAGES ELDERLY TO GET A TAN BUT BE SAFE

MINISTERS SEVEN TIPS FOR SAFETY IN THE SUN

‘’Families, friends, neighbours of the elderly and the elderly themselves would be wise to be aware excessive heat poses as many health challenges for our elderly community as excesses of cold’’, Minister for the Elderly Jim Daly has warned.

Mr Daly said; ‘’we don’t want to play nanny, but we should be aware that excessive heat brings a requirement, particularly in Ireland, for changes in behaviour.

Our top tips for the aged and for those who mind them include,

Enjoy yourself but avoid going out in the sun during peak temperature hours

Keep hydrated

Use sun-cream and sun products; they are necessities not cosmetics
Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms, particularly the bed room; this will prevent the sun from overheating the room.

Make sure that all non-essential lights and electrical appliances are switched off stopping extra heat being created within the household. Sudden changes in temperatures can affect a person ability to cope with the medication they are on so be aware of this possibility Avoid un-necessary exertion if you have friends who can fill in for the shopping’’.

Mr Daly said; ‘’we can have too much health and safety in modern living so our top tip is to enjoy the Irish Riviera whilst you can.

Make sure though to follow our simple practical tips so you avoid avoidable problems like heat-stroke.
We also suggest that those who look after the elderly be they family, friends or state agencies ensure these common-sense practices are followed.

You may mean well but don’t bring Granny or Grandfather out for dinner at noon wearing a winter coat’’.
The minister added; ‘’the nature of our climate means that whilst we generally ensure we and our homes are winter ready, we are less practiced in dealing with sunshine.
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