Five summer health and wellness tips for seniors
With summer on its way, it’s important to be aware of our health and bodies, especially as we get older. From enjoying the rays to staying active, help your loved ones enjoy the sunshine while staying healthy with these five tips.
Tip #1: Eating fresh foods
There is no better time of year than during the summer to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Fill up on a variety of colorful foods, such as: watermelon, berries, pineapples, spinach and more, at local farmers’ markets or by tending to your own garden to make eating right easy and fun.
Tip #2: Soaking up the sun
What’s easier to get rid of the winter blues than with some Vitamin D? From absorbing nutrients and curing seasonal depression to building strong bones and reducing the risk of diseases, even just an hour a day of soaking up some rays can help your body stay healthy and strong. And don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses!
Tip #3: Staying active outdoors
Spend some time with friends and family by finding outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.
- Go for a daily walk
- Take your children and grandchildren to your local park
- Try a bike ride around the neighborhood
- Cool down with some laps at the pool
And make sure you bring a water bottle along to stay hydrated!
Tip #4: Treating seasonal allergies
Summer is the season of sun, fun and pollen. Along with taking allergy medicine, a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to pollen include: checking the weather for the pollen count and planning outdoor activity accordingly, turning on the air conditioning rather than opening your windows, washing your hands when returning from outside and if you hang dry your clothes outside, consider using the dryer.
Tip #5: Keep your cool
Although enjoying the sunshine can be beneficial, seniors are more vulnerable to a heat stroke and other heat-induced medical problems during the hotter months. That is why it is important to find activities than are also air-conditioned and located indoors, but also get your loved ones out of the house. Such activities include taking a walk around the mall, catching the latest film at the movie theater and even enjoying some quiet time at the library.
At Generations Senior Living, let us make sure your loved ones stay healthy this summer and every season after. With our 50+ years of experience, seniors will maintain their independence while receiving the care that they need. Contact us to learn more.