Tips to keep seniors safe during the warm summer weather
Summertime is a wonderful time of year. The weather is warm and sunny, and there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy outdoors. However, there are also some risks for seniors.
Heatstroke and other health risks are common during the summer months. That’s why it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to take precautions to stay safe during the warm weather. In this article, we will discuss some tips that can help keep seniors safe during the summer months.
Drink Plenty of Fluids to Stay Hydrated
Seniors are especially susceptible to dehydration for a variety of reasons. They may have chronic medical conditions that make it difficult to retain fluid, or they may be taking medications that have diuretic effects. They may also simply drink less water than they used to, due to a decreased sense of thirst.
Regardless of the cause, it is important for seniors to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. Seniors should aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, or more if they are active or live in a hot climate. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea can also help to keep seniors hydrated if they don’t consume too much caffeine.
In general, it is best for seniors to stick to safe, healthy fluids like water. Seniors should avoid sugary drinks like soda and juice, as well as alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration.
Wear Lightweight and Loose-fitting Clothing
Lightweight and loose-fitting clothing is ideal in Los Angeles. This type of clothing is more comfortable, especially in hot weather. It also doesn’t constrict movements, which is important for seniors who want to stay active and independent.
Use Sunscreen With at Least SPF 30
As we all know, sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. But did you know that seniors are especially at risk for sun damage? People over the age of 65 have a higher chance of developing skin cancer when compared to younger adults.
Seniors are also more susceptible to sunburns, which can lead to lasting damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. For seniors living in sunny Los Angeles, this is especially important. That’s why it’s so important to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when spending time outdoors.
Not only will it help to protect your skin, but it will also help to keep you comfortable and safe in the sun. So, make sure to put on sunscreen before heading out into the Los Angeles heat!
Avoid Strenuous Activity During the Hottest Part of the Day
Los Angeles is well-known for its warm weather, and summertime temperatures can get very warm. While it’s tempting to want to get out and enjoy the sun, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. This is especially true for seniors living in assisted living communities.
Older adults are more susceptible to heat-related illness, so it’s important to take precautions to stay cool and comfortable. During the daytime, try to stay in air-conditioned areas as much as possible. If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat or scarf to protect your head and neck from the sun. And be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. By taking these simple steps, you can help avoid heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
Our team of experts at Hollenbeck Palms take the health and well-being of our residents seriously and always strive to ensure their comfort in the summer months.
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