May 6, 2013

5 Ways for Seniors to Beat the Heat and Stay Safe this Summer

Filed under: Boomer,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 4:28 pm

Courtesy of Dixie Somers [dixiesomers@gmail.com]

There is no time like the warm summer months when it comes to exciting vacations, health relaxing getaways, reunions with family members, and any other number of exciting family activities. For seniors that would like to remain as safe and comfortable as possible, however, it is important to take a close look at just how dramatically warm weather could affect them. Here is a closer look at five ways that all seniors can beat the heat and stay safe during the summer months.

1. Hydration

The number one step for seniors staying safe during the hotter months is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Not only does water provide an individual with a huge number of health benefits, but it will also allow the body to regulate heat much more effectively. While individual needs vary, eight cups of water is the absolute minimum for anyone. Individuals can also stay hydrated with a number of other options including sports drinks that will replenish electrolytes.

2. Safely ExercisingSeniors Outdoors

Exercising is an important component of one’s life, and this includes seniors. All seniors should work closely with their healthcare provider to develop a workout regimen, but it should be customized for the summer months. This includes avoiding exercise during the hottest part of the day and never over-exerting oneself in the heat.

3. Understanding Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

It is often difficult for anyone to tell if they are experiencing any form of heat exhaustion, dehydration, or even a heat stroke. Many of the initial symptoms are as common as a headache, but care should be taken by all seniors during the hottest parts of the year. Some of the most common symptoms include unusual fatigue, an ongoing headache, dry mouth, dizziness, and nausea.

4. Clothing

Wearing comfortable clothing that breathes well is another essential step during the summer. Seniors can find a number of outfits that will be both fashionable and comfortable at Reem Clothing. By finding clothes that are both light and breathe well, the body will stay protected from the sun while still regulating one’s temperature heat.

5. Sun Protection

The final step is to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. Many individuals relish the warm summer months as it gives them a chance to absorb as much sunlight as possible, but even a single bad sunburn could be devastating. Sunblock should be worn at all times and cover any part of the body that will be directly exposed to sunlight. Hats and other forms of clothing for the head and neck should be worn to reduce one’s body heat.

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