Summertime is known to be the time of year filled with warm days, sunshine, and relaxation. This is what comes to mind for most people, but there are also health risks including overheating, sunburns, and dehydration, especially in seniors. Luckily, there are many things we can all do to make sure seniors are protected, and safe in these hot Summer months.
It is no secret that water is important in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the Summer it is much easier to get dehydrated because of high temperatures. It is important to drink a lot of water during the Summer to keep your body hydrated, and keep yourself safe. On top of combating dehydration with water, it is important to reduce your intake of alcohol, soda, and coffee. These beverages dehydrate your body faster than one would think, and it happens even faster during warm weather. Flavored water is a great substitute for when you are craving a sweeter drink!
Enjoying the warm weather in the summer is fun, and important, but so is knowing how to protect yourself from the sun. While outside you should always provide yourself with the proper sun protection tools: hats, sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher! While it is great to be outdoors on warm days, sometimes it is better to stay inside and avoid extreme heat. High temperatures lead to your body working overtime to maintain a normal temperature, leaving you feeling fatigued. During hot days try to stay in places that have air conditioning, make sure your home is nice and cool, or try taking a cool shower in order to bring your body temperature down.
These few tips are important to remember when trying to keep cool this Summer. A final tip is to recognize the signs of heat stroke. These signs include a flushed face, high body temperature (104 F or higher), headache, nausea, rapid breathing, racing heart, seizures, dizziness, and confusion. If you or a loved one notice any of these symptoms coming on take action immediately by calling 911, and try to cool the body down while waiting for medical attention.
Make sure you’re checking in on elderly loved ones, and other seniors living around you this Summer. Do your part to make sure everyone is safe, and healthy during the warm Summer months!
Enjoy your summer and remember to shop EasierLiving for all your home health supplies.