As summer approaches, many seniors have been home bound because of the weather and want to get out and enjoy the warm sunshine. We want to make sure that they can safely do this. Here are 4 ways to help them enjoy a safe summer.
- Stay Hydrated – It’s very important to make sure that your mother is drinking plenty of water, especially during the hot days of summer. Senior citizens have difficulty adjusting to changing temperatures, are more sensitive to the harmful effects of heat and often lose their ability to conserve water.
- Certain Medications Are Effected by the Sun – Make sure that your mom is aware of side effects on her medication labels. If she wants to spend time in the sun, applying sun screen is a good idea.
- Dress In Layers – Dressing in layers is important if seniors are going to be going back and forth from the air-conditioned home and the heat outside. Her summer wardrobe should include loose fitting, light-colored clothes made of natural fabrics like cotton.
- No over exertion – Make sure that your parent is participating in appropriate activities for the warm weather. Seniors must be careful of expending too much energy during the heat of the summer. A Senior Citizen Community location usually has activities that are monitored.
As a matter of fact, these are helpful ways for all of us to enjoy a safe summer. If you have other ways that make an enjoyable safe summer, please share.