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How Seniors Can Safely Enjoy The Sun All Summer Long

Don’t look now, but the summer season will officially be here in one week’s time! For most of us, the hottest season of the year is when we spend a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors. However, it’s important for seniors to stay cautious and informed about potential hazards that come with the warmer months. What outdoor elements require the most attention? Let’s investigate some valuable tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for seniors.

Sun safety is paramount for seniors.

How can you protect yourself from harmful UV rays? Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing. Don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to exposed skin. Be sure to cover your face, neck and hands.

As well, seek shade during peak sun hours, which are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That’s the time of day when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Remember, staying cool and protected from the sun will help prevent sunburns, heatstroke and long-term skin damage.

Seniors need to avoid overheating as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Choose lightweight and breathable clothing made from natural fibres. Use fans or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. If you venture outside, plan activities during cooler hours and take frequent breaks in shaded areas. If you feel overheated, lightheaded or experience symptoms like nausea or cramps, immediately seek shade and hydrate.

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in hot weather.

Carry a water bottle with you and drink regularly. This is vital even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, fatigue and other health issues. If you’re planning any outdoor activities, consider drinking fluids with electrolytes. They will replenish what will be lost through sweating. Avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol intake as they can contribute to dehydration. Stay cool by sipping on refreshing beverages and enjoy the summer without compromising your well-being.

“Seniors and all adults should drink at least 64 ounces of fluids such as water or non-caffeinated beverages daily,” informs Comfort Keepers, “Caffeinated beverages cause frequent urination and promote dehydration. Water can also be found in many fruits and vegetables, so including them as part of a nutritionally sound daily diet will help with staying hydrated as well.”

Protect yourself from pesky insects and potential diseases they carry.

Wear insect repellent with DEET or other recommended ingredients. Consider wearing long sleeves, pants and socks to reduce exposed skin. Avoid areas with standing water where mosquitoes breed. If you have a known allergy to insect bites or stings, ensure you have necessary medication. It’s wise to have an epinephrine auto-injector readily available.

Be mindful of tripping hazards.

The more you venture outdoors, the more opportunities you have to trip and fall over something in your path. If you’re a senior with a mobility issue, it’s especially important to be vigilant about where you step. Do you have trouble climbing steps? Perhaps, the first step (pun intended) to ensuring a safe summer is to make it safe and easy to enter and exit your home.

Porch lifts allow individuals with rollators, wheelchairs and/or scooters to easily access the raised deck, porch or even steps that lead to the entrances of their homes. To learn all about the porch lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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