Seniors can be more sensitive to heat

I’m still astounded by what happened with Hurricane Irma and that Florida nursing home.  It’s pure negligence.  I understand that there are power outages, but to let those seniors suffer and not speak up, not take them to hospital across the street is just criminal.


You see when we age, we are more sensitive to heat, as our bodies are not able to regulate temperature as well.  While most people who are not in the healthcare industry may not realize it, those people should be keenly aware of the situation.


When you have an aging parent or adult at home, it’s important to keep an eye on them, especially when it gets super hot.  Sometimes, this may just come in the form of a heatwave.  You may find this article comes in handy.  It’s great for prevention.  Summer Safety tips for Seniors:  Tips for Enjoying the Season and Staying healthy.


If you have an aging parent who lives in their own home, be sure to check on them especially during the super hot weeks (and for that matter also check up on the extra if it’s super cold, too).


What happened in Florida was completely avoidable.  It never should have happened.  But, let’s learn from their mistakes so we don’t let this sort of thing happen to people we know.

My continued learning on SEO

One of the things I love about my new “job” is that I’m constantly learning.  Each week I learn something new…and often each day.  When I say my new “job” – it’s both my business and my passion.  So, I’ve been trying to grow and monetize my own blog, and marketing business where I help clients’ websites rank better.


The good news is that most of my learning helps me do better with both businesses, so they are somewhat synergistic.  Today, I read a helpful article on backlinking and how to do this better and more naturally.


I actually already follow some of the processes and principles in this article already, but it opened my eyes to a few other ways that I can naturally build some links for my customers that I hadn’t really thought about.  So, I’m going to start implementing some of these ideas later today.


Summer safety tips for seniorsSo, for example, I may leverage some pictures and link the pictures to the client’s website.  This picture links to a recent article on my client’s home care site.  I’m going to try to link more pictures (in addition to the text links) for some additional exposure and for a more natural link profile.  I also realized that this gives me some more flexibility on subjects I can write about for backlinking.  And, that’s a good thing since I’ve been starting to run out of ideas for one of my clients (because I’ve written so many so far.


I’m very excited about this learning (and several others) from the article.  Now, I’m off to read some more.  Oh, and it’s not even 8am… and I already have my new learning for the day.

Stay cool

Yes, it’s the dog days of summer.  It’s a great time of year, but you definitely want to make sure that you don’t get overheated.  It’s easy to do, so don’t forget to drink lots of water and don’t stay in the sun too long.


I think summer is my favorite time of year.  Why?  Because I love the water.  So, I love to go swimming.  Thankfully, we have a beautiful pool in our building, so I’ve been going there almost every day.  It’s a great way to cool down as well as exercise at the same time.


Water conducts heat better than air, so that’s why the “cool” water of the pool is a great way to cool down.  I’ve been hanging out the pool for 30-45 minutes a day and it’s been great.  But, I’ve been taking it a step further by getting my hair wet, so it usually keeps me cool for an extra hour afterwards.


Water cools us down, so if you don’t have a pool, or if your AC isn’t working so great, consider getting wet…you could take a cool shower or bath, or even just use a wet towel to get your arms, legs and neck wet.  It will make a big difference.  Or use a spray bottle.  It definitely helps.


If you have an aging parent, it’s especially important to make sure they stay cool…sometimes they are a bit more sedentary and don’t realize that it’s too warm where they are.  I just came across this great article to help seniors – Summer safety guide for seniors.  Tips for enjoying the season and staying healthy.  Seniors tend to more susceptible to heat stroke and and overheating, as their bodies have lower temperature regulation.  The article has some nice tips.  They really apply to anyone as you’ll see.


As a side note, the origin of dog days of summer is neither related to dogs panting, nor for the temperatures being extra hot (even though that’s how we use the phrase).  The dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the sky.  As it turns out, it does start around the hottest week or two of the year, but it extends into August as the days (and especially evenings) tend to cool down a bit.  And, the stars shift a bit each year (as the earth wobbles a bit), so the astrological dates don’t always line up with our calendar dates for the hottest time of year.