summer safety tips for seniors

Summer safety tips for seniors

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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Seniors and Driving

Seniors and Driving

Driving an automobile can be dangerous for people of all ages but especially for seniors.  Did you know that the chance of a fatal crash rise after a person has reached the age of 70? There are several warning signs to be aware of when it comes to seniors safely being on the road.  AAA offers a free self assessment if you are interested in your own ability to drive on the open road.  The assessment is only 15 questions.  A few of the key warning signs are:

Damage to a seniors vehicle

One of the most obvious indications that it may be time for a senior to stop driving is an increase in damage to the seniors vehicle. The damage can be minimal like scratches and dings to more excessive damage.  If you notice that your senior loved one appears to have damage to their vehicle it is important to jump on the situation as soon as possible and find out what factors caused the damage.

Forgetting where the senior was going

With old age often comes memory loss.  Memory loss could possibly be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.  Seniors who get in a vehicle and forget where they are going frequently should be cause for alarm.  What happens if your loved one forgets how to get back home? or forgets the rules of the road.  If you believe your loved one is having problems remembering where they are going it may be time to look into other options for transportation.  Have you looked into homecare services? Now may be the time.

Senior is experiencing an increase in traffic tickets

We all must abide by the laws of the road.  If your loved one is getting more and more speeding tickets or other moving violations it may be time to take away the keys.  An increase is moving violations is not just physically dangerous for a senior but it can also be financially challenging.  If you see this issue occurring in your seniors life make sure they understand the rules of the road, and access them at the same time.

There are many options available for seniors who may no longer be able to operate a motor vehicle.  From public transportation to Uber it is becoming easier to live a life without having to have access to a vehicle of your own.  Home care may also be a great option for a senior looking to commute without having to drive an automobile them self. Have you had to take away your parents keys? What was your approach? Leave a comment down below.