With August now here, we would like to remind you that there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy! In fact, August is a month when many outdoor events take place. With the Civic Holiday weekend fast approaching, there are bound to be several to choose from. Arguably, the most popular is the Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade which takes place this Saturday.
All outdoor events are meant for people of all ages. Seniors should never shy away from having a blast. However, it’s essential for them to take some precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. The following is a summertime safety guide for seniors attending live events.
Summertime, as you know, can be scorching. Older adults, as you should also know, are more susceptible to heat-related issues. Therefore, it is crucial that they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and take sips regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Opt for water-rich fruits like watermelon or cucumber to keep cool and hydrated.
“As a result of dehydration, seniors may experience dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and other health problems related to heat,” informs Healthwick.ca, “Dehydration eliminates vital salts and minerals from the body. Drink water, 100% juice drinks like orange juice or apple juice, sports drinks with electrolytes, and coconut water. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.”
Locate the shade.
While enjoying live events, take advantage of any shaded areas. You may wish to bring along a portable sunshade or umbrella. This will provide you with a cool retreat from the sun during breaks and help prevent heat exhaustion.
Francesca Robinson of Florida’s Preferred Care At Home adds that you should bring a sturdy chair to help you relax in the shade. “Think ahead to the atmosphere, what the seating will be like, and if there is enough seating,” she advises, “Bring your own lawn chair. Make sure it is sturdy, not low to the ground…Set up your sturdy chair in a shaded area where your loved one can be a part and observe the activity.”
Dress appropriately for the weather.
Wearing proper attire is a key to staying comfortable at live events. Put on lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow air circulation and help prevent overheating. As well, don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
“When it’s hot outside, it’s critical to dress appropriately,” insists Healthwick.ca, “This seemingly insignificant decision can have a significant impact. Clothing, as well as accessories such as umbrellas, can help you avoid sunburns and heat exhaustion by allowing your body to cool more easily.”
Implement a buddy system.
Attending live events with friends or family ensures that you have someone to watch out for you. Stick together and establish a meeting point in case you get separated. Be sure to have everyone’s contact numbers saved in your phone. It’s also a good idea for one of your co-attendees to carry a small first aid kit. It should contain essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes and pain relievers.
At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we endeavour to help seniors enjoy their summer celebrations. We care about their mobility needs and work to provide a full solution from products, to in-home consultation and equipment maintenance. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at email@example.com. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!