As the warmer months approach, make sure you beat the heat with these 7 summer tips for seniors:
Wear loose-fitting clothes in cool, natural fabrics like cotton. Dress in light colors, which reflect the sun and heat, instead of darker colors that will attract the heat and make you feel too warm. When outdoors, protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays by wearing a hat and sunglasses as well.
Stay away from direct sunlight
When you can, stay away from the direct sunlight when spending time outdoors. In some places, you may even feel as much as a 10-15 degree temperature difference between the sun and the shade. Instead of catching a few rays, find a shady spot to avoid damaging your skin.
Stay near air conditioned areas
Having access to air conditioning can also help you avoid health risks associated with the summer months. If you’re going to an outdoor celebration or event, make sure there’s a place nearby that has air conditioning that you can access if you start to feel lightheaded or too warm.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! Keep plenty of water with you during the hotter months. The last thing you’ll want is to be caught in the summer heat without it. Drinking enough water can help prevent dehydration and keep your body functioning as well as possible, even under the stress of the sun.
As you get older, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure you apply sunscreen that's rated SPF 30 or higher before spending time outside — and don’t forget to reapply!
Cool down after sun exposure
If you’re feeling warm, wet a washcloth in some cool water and rest it on your neck or wrists, where your blood can carry the cooler temperatures to the rest of your body. Once you’re back home from a day in the sun, it can also help to take a cool show or bath — just avoid shocking your system with water that’s too cold.
Stay indoors during extreme heat
Try to plan your summer activities so you're out and about early in the morning or later in the day when it's cooler, and indoors during the heat of the day from mid-morning until late afternoon. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does—a movie theater, the mall, a friend or relative’s home or a community senior center are all good options.