The summer months are some of the most enjoyable of the year with ample opportunities for picnics, trips to the lake, baseball games, and simply enjoying the outdoors. But with that fun also comes extreme heat. In many parts of the country, summertime can bring scorching temperatures. This can be dangerous, especially for seniors. Consider the following tips for enjoying your summer and staying safe at the safe time.
Stay informed. Be sure to check the weather every day for advisory’s and safety updates. If temperatures are too high, stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. A plug-in fan should not be used as the primary cooling device. If you need to run errands, go out early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are coolest.
Stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine, men on average should drink approximately 13 cups of water a day and women should drink 9 cups. However, during the summer, you may want to drink more. If you plan on being in the sun, avoid beverages which contain alcohol, sugar, or caffeine. Also keep in mind that you shouldn’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. Consider taking a water bottle with you when you leave the house.
Dress appropriately. During the summer months, wear clothes that are light-colored, loose, and lightweight. Lightweight clothes will feel more comfortable in the heat, loose clothing allows your skin to retain moisture better, and light-colors don’t absorb the sun as much as darker ones.
Wear sunscreen. If you plan on being outdoors, be sure to put on sunscreen an hour before going out and at least every two hours while in the sun. Use a sun screen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. If you exhibit symptoms such as headaches, muscle cramps, nausea, or vomiting, seek medical attention right away.
Be sure to keep yourself safe, but also help look after others in your neighborhood and community. If you have an elderly neighbor, check on them daily. Extreme weather can have more serious consequences for seniors. Remain At Home offers a drop-in service for seniors, which can be very helpful at this time of the year to ensure that your loved one is living safely and comfortably at home.