Sunny weather is perfect for the fun summer activities, like going to the beach, picnics or hanging out by the pool, but seniors must be careful, as they are more prone to heat related illnesses. Dehydration, heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion can occur primarily for seniors in dangerously high temperatures.
Staying cool during the hot summer months is not just about comfort. As the temperatures rise older adults become more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Follow these seven tips and keep cool this summer:
Follow these seven tips and keep cool this summer:
- Change your routine: Spend more time in cold air-conditioned places especially between 10am and 4pm.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these will promote dehydration.
- Exercise indoors instead of outdoors: If you can’t exercise indoors, scale it down by doing fewer minutes at a lower intensity during the coolest time of the day, which is usually in the early morning hours between 4am - 7am.
- Alter diet: Eat more cold foods including fruits, frozen treats and smaller meals or snacks throughout the day.
- Spray bottles: Use a spray bottle filled with cool water when going outside in the heat.
- Freezing water bottles: As the ice melts in the hot sun you will have a supply of cold water with you as you move about.
- Take a cold shower: Frequent cold showers once or twice a day always helps in lowering body temperature and can be one the quickest way to cool down.
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