The heat of the summer is here. Don’t we all enjoy the warm weather and long, relaxing days of the summer season? However, it is crucial to be aware and take the proper precautions to make sure you’re staying safe throughout the summer months. Here are some senior safety tips for the summer as well as some ways to “beat the heat.”

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids is essential when being exposed to the heat. It’s recommended to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day; increasing that amount when you know you’ll be outside. Avoid liquids like alcohol and caffeine, they will increase your chances of getting dehydrated.
  2. Try to Avoid Outdoor, Mid-day Activities: It’s safer to enjoy the summertime in the early morning or evening, when the sun will not be as strong. Plan for activities during non-peak hours, when the weather will be cooler.
  3. Protect Your Skin: Applying sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure is a great precautionary measure to protect your skin. It’s important to cover all exposed skin, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Don’t forget to get the tops of your feet, ears, neck and the top of your head.
  4. Dress Appropriately: Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing will help you stay cool and avoid getting sunburnt. Consider wearing a hat to protect your face from the sun, as well as sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.
  5. Plan Indoor Excursions: There are plenty of ways to enjoy your summer and not be outside. To avoid overheating, sunburn and dehydration, staying inside and in air-conditioned spaces will benefit you tremendously. If you don’t have air conditioning, read a book at the local library, visit the craft store, go to the movie theater or even walk around the mall.

There’s plenty more healthy living where that came from. Learn more about how Henry Ford Village encourages an active lifestyle each day.

Source: Everyday Health & Healthy Aging