7 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

In many parts of the country, summertime is in full swing. While summer is a time of fun and relaxation for many people, the heat and sun can be dangerous for seniors if the necessary precautions aren't taken. Here are 7 summer safety tips for seniors as we head into the year’s warmest months.

  1. Stay Hydrated.  Drink eight or more 8-ounce glasses of water each day to avoid dehydration. If you are the caregiver of a senior, make sure that he or she is eating or drinking food and drinks with both salt and potassium
  2. Stay Cool. If a senior’s home isn’t air conditioned, a shopping mall, movie theater, or library provides a welcoming, cool space. These types of places allow seniors to get out of the house and get some exercise.
  3. Wear Appropriate Clothing. Dress for the weather. Many people find that cotton fabrics are much cooler than synthetic fibers, like polyester.
  4. Protect Your Eyes. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause vision damage. Wearing sunglasses that block UV rays can preserve your vision.
  5. Wear Sunscreen. Everyone should wear sunscreen when outdoors to avoid skin damage. Put on sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before exposure to the sun and reapply often during water activities.
  6. Exercise Smart. If you plan on exercising or working outdoors, plan your activities early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid extreme heat.
  7. Take a Cold Shower or Bath. If you can’t leave the house and do not have air conditioning, take a cold shower or bath to lower your body temperature.

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.  However, it’s important to avoid the health risks that can come with extreme heat by following these 7 summer safety tips for seniors.