While summertime tends to be a relaxing time for many, it can be an extremely dangerous season for seniors as well as people of all ages.
Here are some great tips to follow for seniors as well as their caregivers to ensure a risk free, fun and relaxing summer.
- Stay Hydrated: Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for any long drives.
- Keep Your Cool: Seniors are much more vulnerable to harmful effects of heat, as their bodies do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. Shopping malls, movie theaters and libraries provide welcome, cool spaces if a senior's own home isn't air conditioned.
- Wear the Right Clothing: Everyone, including seniors, should dress for the weather. Stock your summer wardrobe with light-colored and loose-fitting clothes to help feel cooler and more comfortable.
- Exercise Smart: If you enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or gardening, make sure to wear the proper clothing and protective gear. Also consider getting outdoor exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its peak.?
- Protect your Eyes: Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.