According to data collected by The Weather Channel, this has been (to date) one of the hottest decades in recorded history. If you look at this map, you will clearly see that many cities around the nation are experiencing record-breaking temperatures and the trend is forecast to continue. Some say it’s the result of global warming, but whatever the reason, now is the time to think about how you can protect your aging parents next summer when the temperatures begin to soar once again.
Will it be worse than this year? The best guess at this time is that the nation will probably see even more records broken. In all of this, the major concern for the elderly is the result of their body’s inability to regulate temperature due to advancing age. So, what can you do about it? Here is some of what you should know.
Inability to Regulate Body Temperature
The signs of aging manifest differently from person to person but most people find that their body’s mechanism for regulating temperature begins to fail as they age. Usually, it is a degeneration of the hypothalamus, the gland responsible for thermoregulation. A simple way to understand the importance of the hypothalamus is in terms of sweat production.
When the human body reaches a dangerously high temperature, the hypothalamus signals the production of sweat. This is the body’s natural defense against overheating and a defense that begins to diminish with age. As a result, elderly people have a very limited comfort zone and can easily get too hot or too cold with even slight variations in environmental temperatures.
How You Can Help Aging Parents
Every summer, you read about elderly people dying when temperatures soar to triple digits and in the winter months they are just as likely to freeze to death. It can be unrealistic to check on your parents daily during times of extremes in temperatures, especially if you live cities or even states away. What many people have begun doing is to have temperature technology installed in their parents’ homes. These are devices which can be remotely accessed and are hooked up to the home’s HVAC system.
These thermostats can be controlled from literally anywhere in the world with a simple app downloaded to a smartphone or some other mobile device. Sites like Temperature Sensei offer reviews of some of the leading Wi-Fi temperature control devices and you can choose the one that best meets your needs and budget.
Once Again – Technology to the Rescue
Just as you could install baby monitors in nurseries to see to the safety of your child at any time, Wi-Fi thermostats enable you to set temperatures in your parents’ home to safe levels, even if they are unaware of your doing so. Don’t leave their safety to chance when temperature technology offers the solution you need to keep them from overheating in summer or freezing in winter.
The choice isn’t always theirs if they aren’t aware of just how much they can suffer from slight variations in external temperatures. By the time they ‘feel’ those changes it may be too late.