Assisted Living Tips for Enjoying the Summer
on June 7th, 2019 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments
Summer’s Here, and Here’s How to Stay Safe This Season
Whether you have fond memories of family vacations, summer love or the simple days at the beach, fun times are to be had during the summer. It’s a season when we get to heat up the grill and take a dip in the pool, but with the good comes the bad. The high temperatures can be exhausting – especially so without being careful. Before you pull out your sandals and sunglasses, let’s go through the top suggestions for staying safe this summer, according to our assisted living professionals at Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody.
5 Pointers for Staying Safe This Summer
1. Skin Protection
Though you should be mindful of skin protection throughout the year, be especially careful under the sun during the summer. If possible, limit your exposure to sunlight only during the morning and evening time. Protect your scalp by wearing hats, protect your skin by wearing light sleeves and seek shade when possible. We also advise that you wear sunscreen when outside; some might feel that the chemicals in sunscreen are harmful, making its usage ultimately unsafe. However, “The experts who have looked at the data have concluded that the potential risk of not using sunscreen far outweighs the risks of using sunscreen,” said Len Lichtenfeld, MD, interim chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, per a 2019 article via cancer.org.
On a warm day, drinking water is especially important. Staying hydrated helps regulate your body temperature at a safe level and also helps other facets of your body such as your digestive system. As the day goes by and you wipe the sweat off your forehead, remember to regularly drink water this summer.
3. Stay Cool
We know things are heating up this time of year – both in temperature and with activities – but be reminded that you need to stay cool as much as you can. Manage your time outside when possible and utilize the comfort of air conditioning. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion can take a toll and may lead to other illnesses. Though we want to encourage you to keep up with your garden and enjoy a refreshing glass of tea on the porch, be mindful that the heat can be dangerous this time of year, even if you’ve never experienced any heat-related illnesses previously.
Summertime is a season full of memories and fun – whether it’s a day at the park or an afternoon relaxing by the pool. Festivities ramp up during this season, which makes it hard to fall into a routine. Be aware that your schedule might be thrown off from time to time and keep up on your medications and supplements as recommended. Additionally, some medications may have side effects that could be intensified in the heat. With this in mind, take all necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
5. Take Precautions
Heat-related illnesses are very common during the summer, so we urge anyone to know the symptoms of such illnesses. According to WebMD, below is a list of some of the more common heat exhaustion symptoms:
- Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
Let Dogwood Forest Help This Summer
Schedules are oftentimes busy throughout summer. As an assisted living community, we’re here for you. Offering support when it’s needed most is our passion, so think of us as an extension of your family. Our staff is not only trained to provide the best possible care, but we come to work every day with compassion that will make your loved ones feel right at home. Located in Dunwoody, Atlanta, Grayson and Acworth, Dogwood Forest is ready to help during this time of need, allowing everyone in the family to enjoy this season.
Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living facilities and services in Dunwoody. Call us now at 770-350-7833 to take the next step of your journey.