The heat of summer is upon us, and it’s time to enjoy more relaxing days out in the sun. For seniors, summer fun means taking extra care to avoid overheating, since older adults are more susceptible to heat-related problems than younger people. Thankfully, it’s easy to enjoy the summer sun by remembering just a few tips for staying safe for your active senior lifestyle.
Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get distracted with all the summer fun and forget to drink enough water to stay hydrated. On most days, adults need about eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But when spending more time out in summer heat, you’ll need to add more water to stay hydrated, so be sure you always have access to drinking water.
Cool off regularly. Staying out in the hot sun can quickly lead to overheating. Take regular breaks from your outdoor activities to cool down in an air-conditioned room, or dive into the pool for a refreshing cool-down!
Read medication levels. Some medications can make you more susceptible to the summer heat, so read labels and instructions and ask your doctor if you should limit sun exposure because of your medications.
Plan ahead. Always check the weather forecast before planning outdoor recreational activities to be sure you’re not planning summer fun on a day with excessive heat. Your smartphone offers many different weather apps that can help you stay informed.
Dress appropriately. In the summer, light and loose-fitting clothing is the best way to dress to reflect hot sun rays and allow for air circulation to keep cool.
Get help when you need it. Be sure to keep your cellphone with you so you can connect with friends, relatives – or even 911 – in case of emergency. Heatstroke can come on quickly for seniors, so be sure you have immediate access to help.
Staying cool this summer is an important part of a healthy independent lifestyle, so remember these tips when you’re out having fun in the sun. And if you’re thinking of transitioning to a senior living facility, connect with our expert senior care professionals at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. Our senior living apartments have an abundance of amenities for your convenience, and we provide a wide range of fun, engaging opportunities for your healthy, active lifestyle. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.