Summer is a time for fun and entertainment But for seniors, heat and sun can be dangerous without proper precautions.
Many older adults have conditions such as salivary glands, thyroid disease, and high blood pressure or heart problems that require some preparation to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Here are some great tips that older adults can use to make sure they have fun and a safe summer.
Apply sunscreen lotion
If you are in the sun, you should wear sunscreen with 30 or more SPF. If you have trouble applying and reaching certain parts of the body, try the spray or ask a friend for help.
If you plan on staying in the water, make sure your sunscreen is waterproof and reapply every few hours. This will help you avoid sunburn, which can be unsafe and dangerous in the short term, increasing the risk of heat and dehydration. In the long run, wearing sunscreen will help you prevent skin cancer.
As we age our vision decreases. Avoid unnecessary eye strain and wear sunglasses with UVA / UVB protection, this will help prevent or prevent cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or itching from light sensitivity. To do. There are many great options to take advantage of, whether you need a prescription lens or not, to help you deal with sunlight and UV rays.
Stay out of the sun
If you go outside during the day, find some shade and avoid the sun in the middle of the day. If you’re outdoors on a patio, deck or beach, make sure you’re under the shade of a tree, sun or sun umbrella. If you go to the park for fresh air and exercise, walk under the trees and take a seat on the bench in the shade. If possible, walk to the side of the street. Shop indoors especially on hot days, you will also enjoy the air condition of the mall.
With summer comes heat, and with heat comes sweat and with mouth comes dehydration. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, if you are active or the outside is particularly hot.
Don’t let strong winds or cold water distract you. If the sun hits you, your body will still sweat and lose water even if you don’t pay attention to it, because the wind clears the mouth of your skin.
Another risk is that some older adults who have irregular or urinary tract infections (UTIs) will deliberately abstain from drinking, so they will not have to urinate. Staying hydrated is the number one priority! If you’re having a mess, be prepared and wear pads when you know you’re going out. If you have UTI, treat it immediately, but do not stop drinking for a short time.
Use your air Conditioning
Don’t be stingy with your weather. Use it to keep your home warm, whatever it might mean to you. This is especially important during heat waves, which we seem to be experiencing with high frequencies. When the temperature reaches 35-40 degrees, it is necessary, especially for adults, to find places of living conditions for living and sleeping. If you do not have central air, consider buying a window air conditioner. Buy and install one before the next heat wave, when they will be sold out and it will be difficult to find the installer in a short notice.
Wear soft clothing
As a general rule, the best clothing for warm weather weighs less and is made of natural materials such as cotton or linen. Natural fabrics offer more comfort than the synthetic fibers. Store your summer wardrobe with bright colors and soft clothes to help you feel cool and more comfortable.
Stay indoors during extreme heat
When the temperature is too high, stay indoors – ideally, as described above, in the air. The most dangerous times are usually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When the sun is hottest. When you need to go outside, dress appropriately to be light weight, soft and light in color. Also important: sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.
Take care of the eyes
Loss of vision can be common among adults, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate the eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and protect your vision. Sunglasses can also slow the growth of hair around your eyes, delay the onset of cataracts, protect against glaucoma-related light sensitivity, and protect you from irritation while driving.
Keep your home cool
Use your air conditioner during the summer if you have one. If A / C is not an option for you, cover windows in direct sunlight during the day to keep the house cool, and open them by night to allow fresh air. Also use a ceiling fan or floor fan.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
There is a reason why salads are eaten in the hot summer months. On hot summer days, eat foods that are easy to digest, such as fruits and vegetables. These foods are full of water and can help you stay hydrated and cool.