People who live on the Costa del Sol like the sun and think that they can acclimatise to it, but everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of the ferocious heat and the debilitating effects that can have. Elderly people often feel the heat more than younger people and can suffer severe dehydration if simple precautions are not taken (and these also apply to people of all ages).
- It is important to get used to heat and humidity slowly, particularly before physical exertion. Try and avoid sitting or walking in direct sunlight – seek shade at all times; if unavoidable cover up well and use a high factor sun cream.
- Make sure you drink plenty of liquids (at least 3 to 5 litres a day, but not alcohol). In very hot conditions you may need to drink much more and a good tip is to start the day by drinking at least two litres!
- Make sure you supplement your salt intake (for example by eating crisps and/or taking salt tablets).
Wear light, airy, loose-fitting clothing (light cotton).
- Be careful if you undertake any hard physical exertion, particularly if your fluid/salt intake is low.
- Stay in the shade or, if possible, in an air-conditioned environment.
All simple things but it is important to remember them. If you know elderly people in your area do keep an eye on them and make sure that they enjoy the summer without suffering!
Age Concern Shop Closure for August
As in previous years our shop in Calle Zaragoza, Estepona will be closing for the month of August to allow the volunteers time for a well earned break during the hottest part of the summer. Sales in the shop have been steadily increasing this year and we would like to thank everyone who has donated items for us to sell, and, of course, our very loyal customers. There is still time to pick up our summer bargains so why not pay us a visit.
We are open Monday to Saturday inclusive from 10.00 to 13.30 and will be delighted to welcome you.