Summer is almost here and for many seniors, it’s a time to relax, recharge and spend some quality time outdoors. It’s important to make sure you take proper precautions to keep yourself healthy when the heat hits. The Watermark at 3030 Park has some great tips to help everyone have a fun, safe summer.
Aging can make you more susceptible to dehydration and seniors often become less aware of their thirst. Be proactive about staying hydrated by drinking at least 6-8 cups of water a day. If you’re going on a daytime jaunt or you know you’re going to be outside for a while, make sure to bring plenty of water and sports drinks to replenish what you may sweat out. Carry a full water bottle with you wherever you go. Stay away from soda, coffee and alcohol, as they tend to dehydrate rather than refresh.
Keep Your Cool
Summer heat can have serious repercussions for the elderly, especially those dealing with chronic health issues. If you have air conditioning, turn it on when the mercury starts climbing. To stay comfortable when you go out, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton. If you walk for exercise, take a stroll around the mall instead of risking it in the heat. Libraries, movie theaters, cafes and restaurants and other air-conditioned places are great locations to hang out when it gets hot. When you’re feeling warm at home, take a cool shower or bath or put damp washcloths on your wrists, ankles and neck. Even better, take a dip in The Watermark at 3030 Park’s indoor pool to cool off!
Wear Sunscreen and Other UV Protection
It’s vital to wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn and stay healthy when spending time outdoors. Hats can also protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and help you stay cool. Make sure to check the side effects of any prescriptions you’re taking. Some medications can make you more sensitive to the sun so it’s important to take extra precautions like covering up with light-colored clothing or staying in the shade. Keep sunscreen with you at all times so you have it handy for any impromptu adventures. Make sure to reapply after swimming or vigorous activity that causes you to sweat.
Watch for Signs of Hyperthermia
Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature that can result in heat fatigue, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Older people are particularly at risk for these conditions, so it’s essential to know the early warning signs and to seek medical attention if you or a loved one experience any of the following symptoms:
- Body temperature of 104 degrees or more
- Flushed, dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Heavy breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or fainting
- Failing to sweat, even when it’s hot outside
- Confusion or agitation
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. In the meantime, get out of the heat, lie down and place ice packs on your body.
Talk to Your Doctor about Your Health
Seasonal allergies, asthma and other conditions can be exacerbated by summer weather due to heat, humidity, reduced air quality and other factors. Talk with your doctor about any health conditions you may have, how to prevent them from flaring up and what you should do to treat them if they do arise.
Want to learn more about summer fun at The Watermark at 3030 Park? Call us at (203) 374-5611 today.
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