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.
- 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
- 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.
- Wear Appropriate Clothing. Dress for the weather. Many people find that cotton fabrics are much cooler than synthetic fibers, like polyester.
- Protect Your Eyes. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause vision damage. Wearing sunglasses that block UV rays can preserve your vision.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.