As the heat waves continue this summer, Oakmont of Santa Clarita officials are offering tips on how to keep seniors safe.

The biggest issue seniors often face during hot weather is dehydration, according to Margie Veis, the community’s executive director.

“As we age, we don’t realize that we’re thirsty,” Veis explained. “By the time we realize we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated.”

Veis recommends seniors and their loved ones place water bottles around their homes, and even number them so they know how many bottles they’ve drank that day.

Another way to prevent dehydration is to make sure outdoor activities are taking place in the early morning or evening hours when the weather is a little cooler.

Some signs of dehydration include confusion, difficulty in making decisions, instability when walking and dark urine, according to Veis.

“If they seem a little off, a little bit confused, out of the norm, that would be a No. 1 red flag,” she said. “It is a very serious thing with our seniors.”

Veis also recommends loved ones of seniors make sure the air conditioning is on inside the house during the day.
“If you have a senior friend, a parent, stop by their house, check that thermostat,” Veis said, “because so often they don’t realize that it’s stifling in their home.”

Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on a recent radio interview with Oakmont of Santa Clarita.

Oakmont is a luxury senior living community in Santa Clarita located on seven acres of land on Newhall Ranch Road. Recently opened in January 2016, Oakmont of Santa Clarita is comprised of 80 pet-friendly apartment units, with both independent and assisted living options available. Residents can enjoy five star amenities like a salon & day spa, movie theater, fitness center, restaurant-style dining, gardens and walking paths, pet park, wellness center and more. A separate wing of the community, called Traditions Memory Care, is dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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