These summer safety tips for seniors are all about helping seniors stay healthy and happy this summer.
As we get older our bodies become more susceptible to illness and health risks. And while everyone, irrespective of age or gender, face health risks during the hotter months, seniors do require a little more help as well as understanding.
Ten summer safety tips for seniors
Here are ten summer health tips for seniors to take care of themselves during the hotter months.
1. Drink plenty of water
Fruit juice is good, but you really should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
2. Be wary of heat stroke
Do you know the signs of heat stroke? It’s important to recognize the symptoms so immediate action can be taken. The signs of heat stroke include: high body temperature, nausea, flushed face, confusion, dizziness and a rapid pulse.
If you feel any of these symptoms coming on it’s important that you take immediate action.
3. Minimize alcoholic and caffeinated drinks
Drinks such as coffee, soda, alcohol and some teas can make you dehydrated. It’s a good idea to minimize your consumption of these drinks especially during the day. If it cools down at night, then it’s not so bad, but during the day when it’s hot stick to water.
4. Dress for the weather
Avoid wearing darker colors that are likely to attract the sun. Loose-fitting clothes in light colors made from fabrics like cotton are ideal. If you do go outside always wear a hat and sunblock.
5. Be sun smart
Hat, sunglasses and a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 are essential when you step out the door. This will protect your skin.
6. When the heat gets extreme stay indoors
When the humidity is high and the heat extreme your body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature. That is why you should always stay indoors and stay cool when the weather outside gets too much.
7. Staying cool indoors
Air conditioning is one of the great modern inventions. If you don’t have air conditioning where you live, visit a mall, movie theatre or a friend’s place. Even some senior centers are a good option during those ridiculously hot days.
8. Don’t let your home exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit
Temperatures in your home shouldn’t get too high. It’s important that you do everything you can to keep your home cool.
9. Avoid going outside in extreme heat
It’s fine if you drive because you’re only going from your house to your car. If you don’t drive then call a transport service and wait inside for them to arrive. It’s not a good idea to wait outside in extreme heat for a bus.
10. Cold shower or bath to cool down
Can’t leave the house and don’t have air conditioning? Then take a cold shower or bath to cool yourself down.
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