The long hot summer can take its toll on seniors.
As we age, our bodies become less effective at regulating temperature than when we were younger. As a result, seniors don’t sweat as much as younger adults, and sweating is critical to regulating our body’s heat.
This can be tricky and dangerous when our body’s temperature rises along with the outside temperature. The result can be heat exhaustion, heatstroke, or worse.
This article provides information for older adults to enjoy the warmer months safely and also some safety tips for family and friends on how to ensure that their senior loved ones have a happy and healthy summer.
Six Summer Safety Tips for Senior Adults
Seniors – here’s good news for you. There are things you can do to keep cool and stay safe! Here are six ways to do that.
- Stay hydrated – Drink eight or more eight-ounce glasses of water or fruit juice per day to stay healthy and hydrated. You may want to avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Know the side effects of medications – Some medications can have side effects like making you drowsy or more sensitive to the sun. Talk with your doctor about your medications and discuss any questions or concerns you have.
- Stay cool – Stay inside as much as you can. Enjoy your air conditioning, but if you don’t have A.C. go somewhere that does, like the mall or a movie theater.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing – Wear breathable clothing and light colors that reflect the sun, not attract the heat like dark clothing does.
- Have emergency contacts – If you’ve been exposed to the heat and are not feeling well, have a list of contacts you can call. If in doubt, call 9-1-1 and ge