7 Tips for a Safer Summer for Seniors
The older you get, the more careful you need to be. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy the beauty of summer. However, there are a few things extra steps you can take to make sure you enjoy many more summers to come.
If you or someone you love is a senior, follow these # tips to have a safer summer and make more wonderful memories.
1. Keep plenty of water with you at all times
As we age, we have less ability to conserve water which makes us more prone to dehydration. We also lose our ability to detect thirst and adjust to temperature changes. A great way to stay on top of hydration is to always take a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go.
2. Look for a cool place to be
A break from the heat is always welcome, though be sure it’s one you can follow the social distancing guidelines in when you’re there. A large shopping mall provides plenty of chilled air space. So does the local library where you may even find a good book or two to read when you get home.
3. Dress the part
Maybe while you’re at that shopping mall indulging in the cold air conditioning, you can go shopping for summer clothes. Things made of cotton are much cooler and comfortable. So too are light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that will have you feeling more relaxed all summer long. Don’t forget a hat too!
4. Keep your eyes safe
Sunglasses are a must at any age, though for seniors, the extra exposure can worsen any existing damage. When you wear sunglasses, you’ll keep your eyes safe from dangerous UV rays.
5. Stay out of the heat
The older you get, the harder it is to discern your changing body temperatures. While everyone is prone to heat stroke, you should aim to limit your time outdoors in the heat during the summer to prevent it. If you feel a headache coming on, have nausea, start feeling agitated, or feel like something is off, tell your loved ones so you can get back indoors. If you’re caring for an aging parent or relative, be alert for the signs and well before that, make sure they’re not outside for too long.
6. Use sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential at any age to protect from UV damaging rays and sunburn. Seniors burn more easily so be sure you apply it before heading outdoors and keep reapplying it in intervals to stay protected.
7. Don’t forget bug spray
In summer, mosquitoes can really pester seniors. Since mosquitoes can carry diseases like encephalitis and West Nile Virus, it’s important to spray on the bug repellent to keep them away.
Don’t forget to get the care you need with our in-home services. We can come to you to help with personal needs, for osteopathy, physiotherapy, and acupuncture too any time it’s convenient for you!