Summer can be a fun time for everyone – including seniors. However, with temperatures in the triple digits, humidity levels rising and the hot July sun beating, summertime can be dangerous for seniors if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are some tips that will help seniors and their caregivers defeat the heat this summer.
- Drink plenty of water – As you get older, your awareness of thirst and ability to conserve water decrease. Make a conscious effort to drink several cups of water a day to stay properly hydrated.
- Let your clothing cool you down – Remember that your clothing can be an integral component in lowering your body temperature. Wear natural fabrics and loose fitting close to help you be cool and comfortable.
- Wear sunscreen – Seniors can use sunscreen, as well hats and sunglasses, to protect their skin from the sun.
- Check your medications – Some medications can make you more sensitive to UV rays, and others are rendered useless if stored in a place higher than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Talk to your doctor today in order to take preventative measures.
What are your tried and true smart summer tips for seniors?