Earlier in the year, we shared four safety tips for the cold winter season. Now, summer is upon us, and that means warm weather is as well. Staying safe during the hot summer season is essential for everyone, but as we grow older, it’s important to take extra precautions.
Below are some of our tips for staying safe and healthy during the summer months:
Seniors are most likely to experience dehydration, which can lead to problematic symptoms like fatigue, dry skin, dizziness and fever. Heat increases the risk of experiencing dehydration. Drinking plenty of water, or other hydrating drinks like fruit juices and milk, even if you don’t feel thirsty is a great way to avoid dehydration. Avoiding dehydrating drinks like alcohol, coffee and soda also reduces risk.
Spending too much time outside in hot temperatures can be dangerous for anyone, and even more so as we age. Limit time spent outside on hot days and take breaks in air conditioning if you start to feel overheated. Taking a cool shower or holding a cool, wet washcloth on yourself are great ways to cool down. If you ever start to feel your body temperature rising too quickly, don’t be afraid to call for help or dial 911.
Sunscreen is always important when going in the sun, but especially throughout the summer months when harmful UV-rays are more intense. The biggest risk of sunburn is skin cancer, but sun exposure also leads to wrinkles and dark spots. Wear sunscreen whenever going outside and reapply every two hours. Wearing a hat and long sleeves are also a great defense against those UV-rays.
If you follow these steps, you are more likely to remain safe from the summer heat. However, there is still increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke throughout this season. Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion that could lead to stroke: muscle cramps, fatigue, clammy skin, headache, nausea and/or fainting. If you experience any of these symptoms, move inside immediately and drink hydrating fluids, and call for help or dial 911 if you don’t feel better quickly.
At Friendship at Home, we value safety year-round. If you’re interested in talking to us about how you can stay safe in your home as you age, we’d love to chat. Call us at 614-734-2167!