Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
Summer means warm weather and fun in the sun! With people being outside to enjoy outdoor activties, it is important to take extra precautions to stay safe as the temperature rises.
As we age, our bodies aren’t able to handle excessive heat in the same way they once did. Senior citizens are more susceptible to heatstroke; in fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
Below are just a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe in the summer:
- Stay hydrated! Did you know that older adults are more susceptible to fluid and electrolyte imbalances? The general recommendation for adults is about 64 ounces of fluid every day, but that amount increases with heat and humidity and can change based on various medications and health conditions.
- Dress appropriately. Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Cotton and other natural fabrics that are more lightweight and breathable are a great choice.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen. It is important for seniors to use sun protection as some prescription medications can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will help avoid sunburn.
- Watch the forecast. When the local weather forecast predicts hot and steamy weather, make some indoor plans for those days.
- Avoid sun exposure during peak hours. The hottest hours of the day are generally between 10am and 3pm, so limit exposure to direct sunlight during those times. If you do go outdoors, seek shaded areas and remember to wear sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
For more tips, visit https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hot-weather-safety-older-adults