Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
on May 17th, 2018 in Body | No Comments
Summer is a time for sun and fun for a majority of people. It’s a time of year that most of us look forward to. Unfortunately for seniors, the summer time can also be a dangerous one if the proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips for seniors as the summer season begins.
Hydration is important for anyone when the weather heats up but can be especially important as we age. Remember that you can easily become dehydrated and should drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Speak to your doctor and ask if water is enough. Your medical care provider may suggest that you drink a sports beverage with electrolytes or added vitamins throughout the day.
Medications that you take during winter may not have an adverse effect on the way you feel but can be completely different as your body temperature rises. It’s not something that most people think about.
Talk to your doctor at your next appointment and ask about any of the medications you are on that could potentially cause illness or side effects during the summer months. Your doctor may want to adjust, change or stop certain medications but may not think about it until you bring it up. Remember that you are your own healthcare advocate.
3. Stay Cool
Do what you can to stay cool. Each year there are news reports of seniors suffering fatal heat exhaustion. If you don’t have access to cool air in your home, go to the mall, a store or even the library.
Try to go anywhere it is cool so that your body doesn’t overheat. There may be programs in your area that offer free or reduced prices on air conditioners for your home if you don’t already have one installed.
You may be tempted to grab anything in your closet that looks loose and comfortable, but you should be paying attention to the fabric. Natural materials breathe better in the hot weather and will keep you cooler. Avoid blends and polyester fabrics, as these will only work to trap the heat against your body.
5. Know Phone Numbers
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers nearby. If you have a cell phone, download an “in case of emergency” app and put in phone numbers of your closest family members. You may also want to include the phone number to the office of your primary physician.
Along those lines, make sure that you have your cell phone with you at all times if you are out in the heat. If you don’t routinely carry a cell phone, consider purchasing a prepaid model to have with you just in case.
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