Summer is here! Have fun in the sun, but remember to keep your health a number one priority this summer. Learn how to arm yourself with tips for healthy summer fun, presented by Pine Run Retirement Community
Reduce Strenuous Activities
With high temperatures, seniors should stay in air-conditioned or cool places and out of the sun. It’s important to reduce any strenuous or physical activities as the more movement, the higher the body temperature.
Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty! As you increase your intake of water, minimize your intake of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as these only dehydrate your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also recommended to help keep you hydrated.
Protect Yourself In The Sun
Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when going outside, even on cloudy or overcast days. Be sure the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen after any water activities. Discard expired sunscreen as the ingredients deteriorate over time and may no longer be effective in protecting you. Hats are also a great idea for protecting against the sun. When possible stay in shaded areas like covered patios or shady trees.
Wear Light Clothing
Stock your wardrobe with light-colored and loose-fitting clothes to keep cool and stay comfortable. Natural fabrics such as cotton also help to keep cool as opposed to synthetic fibers.
Be An Early Bird Or Night Owl
If you must be outside during a summer heat wave, limit your outdoor activities to the morning and evenings since the sun is the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
Watch For Heat Stroke
It's important to be mindful of signs of a heat stroke, which include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea and rapid pulse. Make sure you seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms.
Review Your Medications
Many seniors take medication on a daily basis. Some medications are known to cause side effects such as increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Be sure to review with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Protect Your Eyes
Too much exposure to the sun can irritate and cause damage to your eyes. When outside, wear sunglasses that protect from UV rays.
Eat Some Ice Cream!
Treat yourself to ice cream, a popsicle or frozen yogurt to keep cool over the summer!
Schedule a Check-up
No matter the season, remember to schedule regular check-ups with a primary care provider to maintain optimal health, prevent illness and monitor chronic health issues.
About Pine Run
Owned and operated by Doylestown Health, Pine Run is a progressive, resident-focused community that is full of vitality and enthusiasm and promotes independence and wellness among its Villagers and Residents. Pine Run offers a full continuum of services at state-of-the-art facilities in Doylestown, PA, including a retirement community with independent living units on 42 acres of land (the Village); a skilled nursing facility and personal care facility (the Health Center), and a personal care facility on a separate campus in Doylestown (Lakeview). Thriving for over 35 years, Pine Run attracts exceptional people whose energies enhance life for everyone in the community.