Over the course of the next couple of months, we’ll be having predominantly warm and sunny weather. But it won’t be fun for everyone. Seniors are prone to heat stroke and other ailments when it’s hot outside. The heat, by the way, isn’t the only thing that older adults need to worry about. So what steps should seniors take to stay safe throughout the summer season?
Exercise early in the day.
It is recommended that seniors get in some light exercise every day. It promotes blood circulation, helps to maintain weight and keeps bones strong. That said, it’s important for even the lightest workout routines to be done when the heat is not at its highest. As Carol Pardue-Spears of California’s Family Matters In-Home Care points out, the summer heat can put a damper on outdoor activities like jogging and walking.
“Exercising early is a great idea, so try to get up and out before the heat of the day takes hold,” she recommends, “You can also consider changing up your routine in the summer by getting a gym membership (to take advantage of an air-conditioned interior), or hitting up the local pool for a few laps or a water aerobics class that cools you down.”
Keep bugs at bay.
Do you enjoy hikes in the forest and/or walks in the park? If so, summer is a great time of year. The only problem with such activities is that they often involve being pestered by pests. We’re talking about mosquitoes, flies, bees and other bugs. They just love to feast on all of that exposed skin during the summer. As Montreal’s Complete Care Coordination reminds us, being bitten by insects can be more than just an annoying inconvenience.
“According to the Government of Canada, diseases such as the West Nile Virus are spread by mosquitoes most commonly in the months of July, August and September,” their website reports, “Seniors, of course, are especially at risk due to their weakened immune systems. Insect repellent should be worn when outdoors or near any wooded areas, especially around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are particularly active.”
Prevent trips and falls.
This, of course, is a year-round requirement. It’s vital that you always keep your floors clear of tripping hazards if you live with an older adult. However, during the summer, we love to go outside more often. Thus, it’s important to be very careful when venturing outdoors. Is the outside of your home well-maintained so that it doesn’t present dangers to the elderly?
“Uneven patio pavers, outdoor rugs, slippery pool decks and sandy beaches can all cause seniors to lose their balance,” warns Katie Choi on Care.com, “Plus, some chronic conditions, like low blood pressure, can cause dizziness, leading to falls.”
The LifeCare Mobility Solutions team is committed to the health and safety of your elderly loved ones. This is especially true during the summer when the heat can present dangers. f you have any questions about the products we offer that can help in that regard, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at [email protected]. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!