Summer is the time of year to get outside, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Although, it can get hot, so seniors need to be extra careful to stay hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat stroke.
Top Tips For Seniors to Enjoy a Healthy Summer
Summer is a great time to get active, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors. For adults age 65 or older, summertime weather can also pose health challenges. As the days get hotter, seniors may become frequently dehydrated, have trouble getting their daily exercise, or feel stuck indoors to avoid the heat. Even though the temperatures are rising it’s still important to have an exercise routine and to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
Learn our top tips for seniors to keep in-shape and stay hydrated during the summer months:
By keeping in shape all year round you can reduce the risk of falls and injuries. It can be as little as 30 minutes a day of keeping your body moving to stay fit.
Summer is a time to try new types of exercises, such as low impact aerobic exercises. The water helps to stabilize the body and strengthen the muscles. It’s a great option for those with osteoporosis because it reduces your risk of a bone fracture. Taking part in new exercises is a great way to meet new friends. If you’re someone who enjoys walking trying doing it in a place with air conditioning like an indoor track or mall.
Keep the Water Flowing
Seniors are susceptible to the summer heat, so staying hydrated is essential. Dehydration can lead to heat stroke, which can be life threatening if it’s not treated. As people age it can become more difficult for their bodies to regulate their internal temperature. Senior’s may not feel thirsty, but it’s important to keep track of how much water they are drinking. Also, certain medications can lead to further effects of dehydration.
All of these things leads to the importance of staying cool and hydrated. They should discuss with a doctor how much fluids they should be drinking a day. In the hot months seniors should have access to an AC system for efficient cooling down. Pay attention to the signs of heat stroke, such as blurry vision and dizziness. If this should happen, go to a place with AC, drink plenty of water, and seek medical attention.
Relish In the Great Outdoors
For a sufficient amount of vitamin D, it’s healthy to spend 30 minutes a day outside. This super vitamin helps in keeping your bones strong. Have fun outside walking your dog, having a picnic, or playing with your grandchildren at a park. While spending time out and about make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen.
Seniors are more vulnerable to the sun’s rays because of their thinning skin. Other forms of protection are wearing cotton shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses. When out walking wear stabilizing shoes and beware of insect bites. Ticks are something to particularly be aware of because senior’s are more at risk for contracting Lyme disease.
Now get outside and enjoy the warm weather!
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