Summer Safety Tips
Reduce Strenuous Activity
When the heat rises to high temperatures, seniors should try to avoid the sun by staying indoors in air-conditioned comfort. They should try to reduce strenuous physical activities because the more they do, the higher the body temperature will rise.
Seniors should try to increase their water intake during the summer months. Encourage them to have 4 to 8 glasses of water per day. They should try to minimize their intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help hydrate the body as well as keeping the body healthy.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Seniors should try to avoid the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day. If it is necessary to go outdoors, cover up and use plenty of sunscreen.
Wear Cool Clothing
To avoid heat related injuries, seniors should try to wear light colored clothing. This will help maintain a normal body temperature.
Choose Shady Locations
If planning an outdoor activity with seniors, try to choose covered or shady locations with a cool breeze.
Be Aware of Medications
Hot weather can accelerate dehydration, especially in people who are taking medications that have side effects of fluid and electrolyte loss. Many medications particularly antibiotics and diuretics can block the body’s natural ability to cope with sun and heat. You should always check with a pharmacist or doctor to ensure that medications will not cause increased heat related problems.
Keep a Look Out for Early Warning Signs
Watch out for heat exhaustion warning signs such as weakness, nausea, heavy sweating, rapid pulse, and or fainting. Move the affected senior to the nearest cool shady place and provide them with water. Wet a towel or something similar and apply to the forehead and call for medical assistance.