8 Summer Safety Tips
With some precautionary steps everyone can enjoy the blue skies and warm weather. Below is a list of 8 things seniors can do to improve their safety during the hot summer months.
- Drink plenty of fluids: For seniors, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity
- Pick the right outfit with accessories: When possible, wear loose, lightweight, and light-colored long sleeves to help protect your skin from sun, while also allowing your skin to breathe.
- Turn on your air conditioning: Air conditioning is important when it is hot and humid outside.
- Be an early bird or night owl: The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and the evening, when the temperature is lower and the sun is less intense.
- Watch for heat stroke: It is extremely important to watch for signs of heat stroke, especially for seniors. Some signs to look for include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Check on friends and family: Use the rising temperatures as an opportunity to catch up with your neighbors and relatives, especially the elderly and those who do not have air conditioning. Plan outings together in places that have air conditioning.
- Review your medications: Many seniors use medications daily. Some medications can cause side effects, like increased sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Review all medications and check with a doctor or pharmacist for any questions.
- Wear sunscreen: Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns.. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently.
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