It’s great to be able to enjoy the hot weather over the summer, but you need to remember to take extra care of yourself during this time. The heat can make your everyday activities more demanding and even dangerous, especially for seniors. So, we’ve pulled together a few tips on how seniors can stay safe this summer. Read on if you think you or a loved one could benefit from this advice.
When the heat hits, it’s more important than ever to make sure you drink enough fluids and stay well-hydrated. Drink water regularly throughout the day, and try to avoid drinks that can dehydrate you such as alcohol and highly caffeinated drinks. Eating foods with high water contents can also help you stay hydrated. Plenty of fruits and vegetables have a high water content, including watermelon, strawberries, celery, and lettuce.
Stay indoors during peak sunlight
In the hours around 12-2pm, the sun is usually at its strongest. It is best for seniors to stay indoors during the afternoon and limit their time outdoors to mornings and evenings. If you have to go out during these times, try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
The UV rays of the sun can be damaging to your skin, no matter what age you are. Make sure you apply a high protection sunscreen before going outside to prevent your skin from burning and minimize the risk of skin cancer.
It’s good for seniors to remain active as they age, but performing too strenuous activities when it’s hot can be dangerous, so make sure you get plenty of rest. If you still want to exercise, try to schedule it in when it’s cooler, like first thing in the morning. Or, you could go to indoor exercise classes in well air-conditioned buildings.
Reduce water temperature
A hot bath or shower on a hot day can feel unpleasant, but it can also cause your body to overheat. A cooler shower or bath helps to keep your body temperature regulated and can cool you down if you’re feeling too hot.
Dress for the weather
Wearing thick, dark clothing will make you even hotter in the summer weather, so try to stick to thinner, light-colored, loose fitting clothing, especially outdoors. Sunglasses and hats will also help you stay shaded when you go outside.
If you or a family member needs extra care this summer, then our caregiving services can help you manage these needs. Get in touch if you’re looking for care around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.