Written by: Kimberly Bergmann
June 27, 2016 • 0 comments
Summer is a wonderful time for seniors to get outside and enjoy warm weather activities. As the body ages, however, temperature regulation and dehydration can be a threat. Here are some tips for staying safe in the sun this summer.
- Safety first
Most seniors who suffer heat-related illnesses have been left too long on their own. Make sure a family member or a friend knows how to contact seniors who are on their own at all times! Seniors are encouraged to let someone know right away if they are not feeling well.
- Plenty of fluids
Most heat-related illnesses are caused by dehydration. As a rule of thumb, if you’re feeling thirsty, you may already be dehydrated! Seniors should make sure to drink plenty of fluids — and caffeinated drinks or alcohol don’t count. Water is best; drink it often! Electrolyte liquids like Gatorade also can be a big help during hot weather.
- Appropriate clothes
Dark clothes absorb heat and make you feel even hotter. Go for lighter clothes that are loose-fitting. A large hat also will offer more shade around your head and face, which are the most important parts of your body to keep protected.
- Take it easy
Exercise is good, but maybe not when it’s 85 degrees outside! Don’t over-exert yourself. If you are outside being active, take plenty of breaks and get some refreshments. If you’re going to the beach, consider an umbrella to shade yourself. If you’re golfing, make sure you get a cart.
- Stay inside and watch the weather
Air conditioning can be a senior’s best friend when it’s really hot and humid out, so stay inside and avoid the heat. Just being inside isn’t necessarily safe, if you don’t have air conditioning. Many homes with poor air circulation can become even more stifling and unhealthier than the fresh air outside!Also, understand what the weatherman on TV is talking about when he says “heat index.” That’s a measure of heat and humidity together, and even when this is in the mid-80s it can be dangerous for seniors to be outside too long!
At Generations, keeping our residents safe is our top priority. Contact us to learn more about our independent and assisted living communities.