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Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014

With summer just around the corner, arm yourself with these tips for healthy summer fun. Have fun in the sun, but remember to keep your health a number one priority this summer.

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.

Keep Hydrated

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!

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