Summer temperatures can be a welcome reprieve from the rigors of winter, but the warmer-weather and sunshine bring their own risks, particularly for older individuals. Summer safety involves being prepared for extreme temperatures and limiting exposure when the sun is at its peak.
Tips for keeping seniors safe during summer heat include:
1. Make sure you are protected
Wear protection any time that you are out in the sun. This includes hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. All will provide much-needed protection against summer’s rays.
2. Pay attention to medication warnings
Read labels and watch for medication interactions related to the sun; for instance, some prescribed drugs, like anti-inflammatory or allergy medications, can make you more sensitive to the UV rays of the sun. This can present a hazardous situation for seniors that are outside during hot, summer weather.
3. Drink plenty of water
It is imperative to stay hydrated during hot weather and replace the fluids that you lose during perspiration. Make it a habit to carry water at all times — leave a bottle in the car, patio and purse — to ensure seniors always have access to water, especially in summer.
4. Stay out of the sun
Avoid the possibility of heat-stroke by taking breaks to sit in a shady spot and limit the time spent outdoors during hot weather. If you regularly work out or walk outside, exercise indoors instead, or choose times of day when it is the mildest and coolest.
5. Ask for help
A caregiver can help keep seniors safe during summer outings, appointments and activities. Enlist the help of a professional caregiver to ensure older-individuals have someone in-touch to help tend to needs, while still allowing them to freedom to get out and about.
6. Talk to a doctor
Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you notice any of the following signs that a senior has had too much sun:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irregular breathing
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Lack of perspiration
These are all signs of hyperthermia, or heat-stroke, which can have deadly consequences.
Make sure to stay safe this summer and use these tips to keep seniors hydrated and free from sun-related health risks. Close shades, use fans and install air-conditioning units to maintain a cool, comfortable environment for seniors at home, and avoid long-term exposure to the heat when summer temperatures rise to be safe.
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