As summer approaches, it is vital to review general safety tips for the elderly. As we age, we are more susceptible to the effects of the seasonal changes. Stay safe while having fun in the sun with these summer safety tips from your friends at Long Term Solutions.
- Stay hydrated: Many doctors suggest drinking a minimum of at least six 8oz glasses of water a day. Excess sun exposure can lead to dehydration, weakness and dizziness. Take water breaks and always bring along a water bottle while enjoying the increased temperature.
- Soak up the Sun, Responsibly: Dress appropriately regarding the heat and remember that once the sunsets , evenings tend to get a bit chilly. While in the sun, remember to wear accurate sun protection. For a guide to selecting the best sunblock protection for your skin, click here. Always wear sunblock and protect your eyes from UV radiation with sunglasses.
- Know who to call: Many loved ones travel or alter their schedules in the summertime, so it is important to know who can be reached in the event of an emergency. Create a list and double check with your family of their upcoming summer plans to ensure that appropriate safety resources are available during the upcoming months.
- Enjoy the View: Summer offers many scenic locations to be enjoyed. Without snow or slippery leaves on the ground, it is a great time to get out and walk in locations one might otherwise avoid.
- Wear bug spray: While outdoors, apply insect repellent generously to avoid mosquitoes, ticks and other pesky insects that might bite or spread disease. Many brands now offer dual sunblock/bug spray protection. One less thing to remember when heading out the door!
- Recognize the risks of Hyperthermia: During the summer it is essential to remain cautious and aware of one’s body temperature. According to Dr. Ronan Factoro of the Cleveland Clinic, “Elderly individuals have a harder time knowing when they are dehydrated, and their bodies have more difficulty regulating their temperatures, as a result, they are more prone to heat stroke.” Below are some of the warning signs associated with Hyperthermia or dangerous heat exposure:
- Increased body temperature
- Dry, flushed skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
- Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
Utilize these tips ensure that your summer months will be relaxing and comfortable. Be smart, be safe and enjoy your summer!
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