Summer Health Tips for Older Adults
June 12, 2019
Summer brings a sense of excitement and a desire to get outside. Older adults have a higher sensitivity to heat so a little more caution needs to be exercised when it comes to making plans in the sun!
1. Stay hydrated.
The standard suggestion is to aim to drink 6-8 cups of water a day. If you intend to spend much time out in the sun, you may want to aim even higher to avoid dehydration.
2. Don’t stay out for too long.
If you live somewhere where it gets really hot, you should keep your plans for outdoor activities reasonably short.
3. Check the forecast before you go out.
Make sure you know what to expect of the weather before you go out so you can dress appropriately and plan your day accordingly.
4. Keep sunscreen where it’s easily accessible so you’ll remember to use it.
If you carry a purse, keep your sunscreen in it at all times. If you don’t, stick some in your car or anywhere else you can think of where you’re likely to have it when you need it.
5. Check the side effects of 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.
6. Use your air conditioning if you have it.
It does cost money, but summer heat waves can have serious consequences for seniors. Play is safe!
Summer is a wonderful time of the year! Don't miss out - just play it safe with these helpful tips.