5 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
Summer is here and so is the warm weather! For many of us, it is time to get out and enjoy the weather. For seniors, the heat and the sun can be dangerous if precautions aren’t taken. It is important that seniors are proactive and ready to keep themselves safe in the summer heat.
1. Stay Hydrated
Seniors are more prone to dehydration. Our sense of thirst becomes less acute as we age. Seniors should drink at least 64 ounces of water or non carbonated beverages a day to stay hydrated.
2. Avoid Sun During Peak Hours
Plan outdoor activities earlier in the morning (before 10 am) or in the late afternoon ( (after 4pm). Make sure to monitor your body temperature and watch for heat stroke. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, confusion, and nausea. Seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from heat stroke.
3. Dress Appropriately
Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Cotton clothing is more lightweight and breathable than nylon or polyester. It is also a good idea to wear a wide brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face and neck.
4. Use Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Protect yourself with Bug Spray and Sunscreen. Apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher
at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
5. Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help with jobs you think are too physically demanding or that need to be done in the heat of the day. Some things you may need help with could include yard work, errands, window a/c installation, setting outdoor furniture, and more. Helping Hands Stay At Home Care is a great place to ask for help without burdening family members!