Sunny days are in full swing! Remember to enjoy the sunshine and time well spent with loved ones, but also make health your priority. It is easy to forget how much the sun can drain you after months of cooler weather, but following safety tips will help you continue enjoying all that summer offers. For seniors, this is especially important!
Try to keep strenuous activity to a minimum. High temperatures prove to pose an increased risk for senior adults when keeping active outside. While you should enjoy the sun, try as much as possible to stay in air-conditioned places and out of the sun. If you choose to be active outside, opt for the morning or evening instead when temperatures are not as high.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body, especially in the summer. Water is essential to life! Minimize caffeine and alcohol as they can dehydrate you, but keep plenty of fruits and vegetables around to help boost hydration. You need eight glasses of water a day, but if you are doing more activity, you will need more.
Keep an eye out for the signs of heatstroke. Symptoms include confusion and disorientation, dry skin, excessive exhaustion, nausea, headaches, and a rapid pulse. Seek medical attention right away if you suspect someone is having a heat stroke.
Protect your eyes and skin by wearing light clothing, hats, sunglasses, and of course, sunscreen. Some medications even produce a higher sensitivity to sun rays, so check in with your doctor to be sure.