Summer is always full of fun things to do and many active seniors take full advantage of the warm weather. However, when temperatures soar, it can pose many dangers for seniors. Here’s how to keep your elderly loved one safe for the summer season.
Keep the Water Bottle Handy
One of them most important things seniors can do during summer is to ensure they are drinking enough water. Infusing water with fruit can naturally sweeten up a glass of H2O! Avoid these dehydrating beverages during the summer months:
- Energy drinks
Avoid the Sun’s Peak Hours
The sun is most harmful between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Being exposed to harsh UV rays can increase your risk of skin cancer as well as aggravate many different ailment, such as shingles or rosacea. If you do plan on going outdoors when the sun is at it’s strongest, ensure to wear a hat, and cover up as much as possible and seek shade.
Even if your elderly loved one won’t be directly in the sun, it’s important to wear sunscreen at all times and reapply as necessary. For best protection against UV rays and to keep skin healthy, use an SPF of 30 or higher.
On the hottest of days, sometimes it’s safer to keep your elderly loved one in an air conditioned environment. Even though they may desire to be outside, find safe activities they can do indoors such as reading, puzzles and games like chess or checkers.
The Arbors Assisted Living encourages our residents to take healthy precautions to stay safe. For more tips on how to keep seniors healthy and fit, check out our blog! To learn more about how we can assist you with your senior loved one, contact us to schedule a tour at one of our five convenient communities.