Summer Safety Tips
Summer tends to bring with it a sense of excitement and a desire to get outside and be active. For seniors who may have a higher sensitivity to heat, a little more caution needs to be exercised when it comes to making plans in the sun. Here are some summer safety tips for older adults:
Stay hydrated: Don’t just depend on your body to tell you when you’re thirsty. Be proactive in staying hydrated and make sure it’s water, sports drinks, or juice that you’re drinking – sodas, coffee, and especially alcohol won’t work as good alternatives for hydration.
Limit outdoor activities: Don’t plan to spend the whole day out in the sun – stick to a couple of hours and then head inside for a break.
Use sunscreen: Keep sunscreen where it’s easily accessible and remember to re-apply when needed.
Check your prescriptions: Some medications make people more sensitive to the sun. Make sure you know if your prescriptions mean you need to take extra precautions.
Use air-conditioning: Summer heat waves can have serious consequences for some seniors. If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, take trips to the mall, the movies, or the library during the hottest part of the day.
Stay informed: Make sure you know what to expect of the weather before you go out so you can dress appropriately and plan your day accordingly.
For more summer safety information, visit the National Weather Service at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/summer_safety.html.
Sources: nws.noaa.gov and senioradvisor.com