There’s no denying that older adults are more vulnerable to heat-related injuries and illnesses. This is due to various reasons, including the fact that the bodies of older adults do not regulate temperature as efficiently as those of younger individuals.
After you have retired and have more time on your hands to enjoy everything that summer has to offer, the tradeoff is that you will have to keep a closer eye on your health and safety. However, there’s no reason you can’t continue to indulge in your favorite activities as long as you keep these things in mind during summer!
This should go without saying, but always remember to get your eight glasses of water a day, especially during summer. If you are heading out, no matter for how long, always remember to bring a bottle of water with you. You don’t want to be stuck outside without any water and on the verge of a dehydration episode! If you are engaging in physical exercise, increase your water intake.
Dress for the Weather
Choosing an outfit during summer is all about the delicate balance between protecting your skin and keeping cool. Where possible, opt for lightweight and loose fitting clothing in breathable fabrics. You may also wish to dress in long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun. Instead of darker colors, you will want to go for brighter colors in summer in order to keep yourself feeling cooler. Lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses!
Avoid Going Out in Extreme Heat
While we all like to take advantage of a warm day when the sun is shining, you should be able to gauge when you are better off staying indoors during periods of extreme heat. Keep in mind that the sun is usually at its most intense sometime before and after noon. If you absolutely need to go out, try to do so early in the morning or later on in the evening.
That does not mean that you have to be stuck at home with nothing to do. There are plenty of indoor area attractions you can explore, such as catching a movie at the theater, visiting a museum or shopping at an indoor mall!
Keep a List of Your Prescriptions and Emergency Contacts
You may not be aware of it, but a medication you are on could be increasing your risk for certain heat related illnesses. If you are unsure, always consult your doctor beforehand. It helps to keep a list of your prescriptions and emergency contacts about you just in case you are faced with an emergency situation.
Whether your loved ones are the first ones to contact or if touching base with your active independent living community would better suit your needs, having this list prepared will give you greater peace of mind to go about your day!