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Staying Safe in the Summertime: Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
With the desire to enjoy outdoor activities and sunshine, Summer is a time where taking proper safety precautions is important, especially for the senior population. Here are some tips to help your loved ones, as well as their caregivers, stay safe while enjoying the sunshine.
  1. Stay hydrated! The older adult population are more prone to dehydration because the ability to conserve water diminishes as we age. Seniors also have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes, and they may be less aware of thirst. Drink water often, and always keep a water bottle on hand.
  2. Protect your skin. Seniors’ skin is especially fragile. Be sure to wear sunscreen 30 SPF or higher, and reapply often to prevent burns that could cause permanent damage. If you think you might forget to re-apply, set an alarm on your phone. Wear a hat to prevent your head from burning, especially for those with light-colored hair or lack thereof.
  3. Limit your time in the sun. Have a time limit for your outdoor activities, and take breaks in the shade if you’re outside. Being an older adult, it may be harder to feel the effects the sun is having on you in the moment, but it can add up to something dangerous if you spend too much time outdoors. Avoid the sun during peak hours to minimize damage by planning outdoor activities first thing in the morning (before 10am) or later in the evening (after 4 pm).
  4. Check the side effects of your prescriptions. Some medications make people more sensitive to the sun. Take to your primary care provider about your prescriptions before engaging in outdoor activities to avoid any unwanted consequences.
  5. Monitor for heat-related illnesses. Know the warning signs of abnormally high body temperatures that can cause heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention if experiencing high body temperature, dizziness, headache, confusion, and nausea.
  6. Keep cool. High temperatures can be dangerous for seniors. Use air conditioning if you have it, and consider buying one if you do not. Utilize cool places, such as shopping malls, movie theaters, and libraries if your loved one’s home is not air conditioned.
As always, safety is our priority at Happier at Home. Utilize our caregivers to help monitor your loved one and employing these safety tips this summer when engaging in outdoor activities.
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