Spring is finally here. Before you know it, the heat of the summer will be upon us. Everyone needs to take precautions from the sun… and heat. However, it is even more important for senior citizens to do so. Although an excessive amount of sun and heat is not good for anyone, the consequences of overexposure to older people can be severe. Thankfully, there are some easy precautions older folks can take so they can enjoy the sun and warm weather safely. Following these tips can help seniors make sure they stay safe all spring and summer when the sun is at its most intense.
There is no doubt that using sunscreen is an effective way to stay safe in the sun regardless of your age. If you are planning on being outside on a sunny day, make sure to slather on a layer of sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 before you leave your house. Do not forget to take it with you so you can reapply it whenever you need to.
Keep your eyes protected
Your eye health is important, particularly as you age. The elderly are at a larger risk for blindness if their eyes are not taken care of properly. Prolonged exposure to the sun can be irritating to the eyes and make them deteriorate at a faster rate. Simply wearing sunglasses is an easy step you can take to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and help to preserve your vision.
Make smart clothing choices
What you wear when you are outside in the bright sunlight is important. Do not go for tank tops and shorts that are going to leave your arms and legs exposed to the sunlight. A better option for you is to wear light-colored, lightweight clothing that is loose-fitting. Although it may seem counterintuitive, you are better off wearing a lightweight long-sleeved shirt that protects your skin from the heat rather than leaving your arms exposed. When you are making your summer clothing choices, don’t forget about your head. Wearing a hat goes a long way to keeping you cool and safe in the warm weather. Straw hats are best because they help heat to escape. But, any hat with a wide brim will help to provide some ready-made shade for you.
Avoid strenuous activities
If you want to spend time outside during the warm weather, choose your activities wisely. Spend the time working on your garden or reading a good book. Save tasks that require you to exert a lot of energy for cooler, less-sunny days.
Eat for the weather
If you feed your body right for the weather, you will prepare it for battling the heat. Go light on the protein and opt for a salad or fresh fruit instead.
Keep yourself hydrated
It is essential to keep yourself sufficiently hydrated when you are in the heat and sun. Your best bet is to drink water. But, you can supplement it with other beverages as well. Be sure to avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they will dehydrate you.
Check your medication bottles
If you are taking any medications, it is essential that you check for warnings on the bottles. The efficacy of some medications can be greatly affected by the user’s exposure to sunlight. So, it is important to take extra precautions if you fall into this category.
Stay in touch with friends and family
When you spend time outside the heat can overtake you in just a short amount of time. So, be sure to keep in regular contact with your family and friends. Let others know when you are going outside, especially for an extended period of time. Keep your cell phone with you so you can contact someone quickly if you start to feel overcome by the weather. Also, ask a loved one or friend to check in with you periodically to make sure you are doing okay in the warm weather.
Seek out shade
If you want to spend an extended amount of time outside, be sure to seek out some shade, especially during the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 when the sun is at its hottest and most dangerous. If you cannot find a shady tree or sheltered area, an umbrella works just as well.
It’s okay to spend time outside when the weather is warm, but temper it with some quality indoor time as well. This is particularly important on intensely hot days. For example, after you enjoy the great outdoors on a leisurely walk around the neighborhood, treat yourself to a cold drink that you can enjoy within the confines of your air-conditioned home. If you don’t have air conditioning, go a senior center or someplace else that does.
Seniors can spend time in the sun during the warm weather. But, it is essential that all seniors take precautions, so they stay safe. Any senior who has additional questions about sun safety can contact one of the friendly staff members at Sunshine Retirement Living. We will be happy to provide you with additional information.
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As the temperatures continue to rise, it is important to use bug repellent when you are outdoors! Mosquitos are most prevalent during summer months. Just like using sunscreen, it is important to protect your skin from insect bites, as well.
Unfortunately, mosquitos have been on earth for more than 30 million years, and are not going away any time soon. Make sure you are using bug repellent or ointment when you are outdoors this summer!