While many people look forward to the warmth of summer, some people are at risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries during this time. In particular, senior citizens can easily get heatstroke, leading to symptoms that include a headache, nausea and vomiting, confusion and even fainting. Sunburns, bug bites and dehydration are other summer concerns for seniors. You can avoid these issues by following a few simple summer safety tips.
It’s always important to drink enough water, but it’s especially crucial in the summer. You should drink at least six glasses of water daily, and more if you’re active or outside at all when it’s hot. In addition to drinking enough water, try to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, since these can dehydrate you.
If you live in an area that gets particularly hot in the summer, avoid going outside in the middle of the day. If you feel the need to take a walk, go in either the early morning or evening when it’s a little cooler. You can also go to a local mall to walk around while enjoying the air conditioning, or head to a gym with an indoor walking track. This way, you don’t have to stay sedentary the whole summer, but you won’t end up with a sunburn, dehydration or heatstroke while you work out.
Find Fun Indoor Activities
If you’re not in the mood to take laps around the mall, just stick to shopping there. Other indoor attractions that usually help you keep cool include movie theaters, bowling alleys, restaurants, coffee shops and senior activity centers. Basically, if there’s an indoor attraction you’ve been meaning to check out, now is the time to do it. Save your favorite outdoor activities for when it cools down in the fall.
Protect Your Skin
If you do venture outside in the summer, make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn. Remember to reapply the sunscreen about every two hours, and if you’re swimming, give it a few minutes to soak in before you get back in the water. You can also protect your skin from bug bites with bug spray, such as mosquito repellent.
At Brookfield Assisted Living, we care about the safety of seniors, both in the summer and the rest of the year. If you or a loved one could benefit from assisted living services in Arkansas, come to Brookfield Assisted Living to find out how we can help.