Summertime is the season for long, fun-filled days, enjoying the beautiful weather, and getting active with family and friends. But it can also mean uncomfortably high temperatures, depending on where you live. While summer is beautiful, these soaring temperatures can also be dangerous, especially for older adults. Below you’ll find some hot weather tips to keep seniors safe!
Be Nice to Your Body
Drinking water is one of the most important factors for staying healthy all year long, but it’s especially important in the summer. As temperatures rise, our bodies become dehydrated faster. Seniors are at a higher risk for dehydration because our body’s ability to conserve water decreases as we age. Make a habit of keeping a reusable water bottle handy and drink water throughout the day. Soon, it will become a habit and you’ll enjoy the benefits of proper hydration.
Between the air conditioned inside and the heat outside, layering your outfit will make it easier to maintain a constant body temperature. Lightweight and loose-fitting clothing made out of breathable fabrics are perfect summertime attire. These layers will also help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Choose lighter colors to beat the heat.
Grab a Pair of Sunglasses
Eye protection in the summer is imperative because your eyes need just as much protection from the sun, if not more, than the rest of your body. Many seniors experience worsening vision, and too much sun will only exacerbate vision loss. Avoid letting harmful UV rays irritate your eyes by investing in a good pair of polarized sunglasses and make sure to wear them when you’re outside and in the car. If you have a prescription, ask your eye doctor for recommendations on prescription sunglasses.
Make Home Your Comfort Zone
Take Advantage of Your AC
There’s no better way to cool down when it’s hot outside than to enjoy a little AC in the comfort of your own home. Staying cool will help you manage chronic medical conditions, prevent injuries, and make the summer more enjoyable.
Turn Down the Heat in Your Kitchen
Try out some cool and refreshing recipes that don’t require the oven or stove-top this summer. Not only will no-bake recipes cure your cravings this summer, but they’ll also help you keep your home temperature (and energy bill!) down.
Take a Cool Bath
Use your American Standard Walk-In Tub to help bring down your body temperature after a long, hot summer day. Upgrade your bathroom experience even further with a smart toilet that allows you to adjust the seat temperature to your liking this summer. In addition to a cooling toilet seat, try soaking a small towel in cold water and placing it around the back of your neck. You can even keep a stock of cold towels in the fridge for a quick cool down if you aren’t headed back inside just yet.
Be Sun Smart
Seek out Shaded Areas
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy the beautiful outdoors when the sun is out, especially if you just made it through a rough winter. Covered areas like a porch or under a tree are great places to enjoy some fresh air without overheating.
If you enjoy outdoor activities like walking around the neighborhood or gardening, be wary of heat exhaustion and over-sweating. If temperatures are extremely high, try to save these activities for the early morning or evening when the sun isn’t at its peak. Also, remember to drink more water to avoid dehydration.
Consider Fun Indoor Activities
On days when the sun is shining too brightly, opt inside for cool (literally) activities like going to the movies, the mall, museums, and more.
When you do spend time in the sun, it’s important to regularly apply sunscreen to prevent burning. No matter what age you are, everyone should protect their skin with SPF. Wide brim hats are also a great way to protect your face and neck when the rays are at their fullest.
Summer is the time for fun in the sun, but it’s important to be aware of how hotter temperatures can affect us. Now with our hot weather tips for seniors, you can stay safe while having a blast all summer long!