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12 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

  1. Stay Hydrated—Seniors are susceptible to dehydration because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. Be How to stay safe in the summersure seniors drink sweat replacement products (contain salt and potassium) during the summer months!
  2. Talk to Your Doctor—Make sure your medication won’t be affected by higher temperatures.  Be sure to store properly if you room temperature exceeds 78 degrees.
  3. Keep your Cool—Small increases in temperatures can shorten the life expectancy for seniors coping with chronic medical conditions.   Visiting an air-conditioned mall or library for a minimum of 2 hours a day is recommended if the home is not air-conditioned.
  4. Stay in Touch—Since high temperatures can be life-threatening, be sure to let friends and family know if you plan on spending any time outdoors perhaps walking or gardening!
  5. Meet your Neighbors—Be in contact with your neighbors so that they can keep an eye out for you and your regular routines.  Have someone either stop by or call on your daily to see how you’re doing!
  6. Know Who to Call—Prepare an emergency phone number list and keep it handy.
  7. Wear the Right Stuff—Everyone should wear natural fabrics (cotton) to stay cool.  Light-colored and loose-fitting clothes help you feel cooler and are more comfortable.
  8. Protect your Eyes—Wear sunglasses that have 100% UV protection
  9. Know the Symptons of Hyperthermia—Body Temp greater than 104, Grouchy, Dry Skin, Nausea, Headache, Heavy Breathing, Not Sweating and Fainting!
  10. Use Sunscreen and Wear a Hat—Minimizes heat and sun damage!
  11. Apply Bug Spray—Elderly are more prone to West Mile Virus.  Use repellent to help reduce the risk!
  12. Exercise Smart—When exercising, wear proper clothes, keep track of time and drink even more water than usual.  Considering exercising in the morning or when the sun is  going down.


Source – written by Gillian Kruse


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