How Seniors Can Enjoy A Safe Summer
Here in California, we’re used to warm and sunny weather throughout the year. However, when the summertime comes, the heat certainly rises. Many of us enjoy the type of weather that screams “beach day!” However, there are many others who aren’t so fond of rising temperatures. Older adults are more susceptible to suffering from heat stroke. As well, there are other summertime factors seniors need to be cautious of. How can they enjoy a safe summertime?
Arguably the most important safety tip seniors can follow is to drink water. During the summertime, one could argue that you simply can’t get enough water. Naturally, the heat makes you sweat, and sweating can dehydrate you. If dehydrated, a person is more likely to endure heat stroke. This is certainly true for seniors.
“The summer heat can certainly make you sweat, so it’s important to up the ante on hydration during the summer months, even if you spend most of your time in air-conditioned buildings,” writes Carol Pardue-Spears of Family Matters In-Home Care, “If you already drink the recommended eight glasses a day, try adding a couple more to compensate for the summer heat. This will help you to avoid unpleasant symptoms of dehydration and perhaps heat stroke.”
Follow COVID-19 Protocols
We get it. The world is acting like the pandemic is completely over. Although restrictions have long been lifted, it’s advisable that seniors continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures. On Care.com, Katie Choi suggests that people hold big events outdoors since it’s much harder for the virus to spread at open-air events.
“Avoid gatherings if any guests are currently ill or have tested positive for COVID-19,” she advises, “Keep in mind that older age and chronic conditions do increase the likelihood of severe infection, though the risk is lessened if a person is vaccinated. Heat and humidity can also exacerbate any respiratory symptoms, whether they are from COVID-19, asthma, allergies or the common cold.”
We would argue that this tip belongs on a “no brainer” list. However, it’s imperative that we include it because of how many people don’t follow it! We’re not saying people are brainless. We are, however, saying that many people underestimate the power of the sun. Getting sunburned is possible, even on days when there is cloud cover. For seniors, wearing sunscreen during the summer is simply a must.
“Heat stroke and sunburn are very real concerns for seniors, but there are plenty of ways to avoid them,” notes Pardue-Spears, “In the home, you might consider adding energy film to windows to reduce the heat-producing rays coming in (as well as increase energy efficiency). When you head outdoors, wear lightweight, protective clothing, hats, and plenty of broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunblock, as well as sunglasses.”
Bathe in Cool Water
A cool shower is a great way to beat the heat. However, many older adults avoid shower time because of their mobility issues. The Shower Bay portable showers developed by Forward Day make it easy for wheelchair users to bathe in any room of the home where there is a faucet nearby. To learn all about our revolutionary Shower Bay portable showers, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-593-4461. You may also email us at email@example.com.