We all long for those warm summer days. They are longer and, they come with excitement as well as a desire to stay active all day. Summer can be a good time to relax and enjoy the company of friends or family. Nevertheless, basking in the sun can be a bit challenging for members of independent living San Antonio or an older citizen elsewhere in the world. This is mainly because your skin is more sensitive to heat compared to those of younger people. Therefore, you have to take a lot of caution when undertaking activities in the sun. Below are some simple golden safety tips that can make your summertime experience enjoyable despite the state of your skin.
Safety tips to make your summer enjoyable as an independent living San Antonio senior
1. Stay hydrated all the time
The best way keep your body cool is to drink plenty of water. Medics recommend taking six to eight glasses of water daily but, if you are staying out in the sun for long, you may need more than that. Summer heat can dehydrate you real quick. Therefore, always carry a water bottle with you and make sure that you finish it before you get back.
2. Mostly stay indoors
To avoid the effects of the scorching summer sun, minimize the number of hours you spend outdoors. Make your outdoor activities short and head back indoors as soon as possible.
3. Make use of your sunscreen
Use some sunscreen lotion before going out in the sun to keep your delicate skin stone protected. Moreover, your should make sure that you have it all the time whenever you are outdoors so as to reapply it once in a while when need arises. Now that most seniors tend to have poor memory, always put it in a place that you can easily spot or remember. If you own a purse, it would be better if you kept it in there to avoid forgetting. You may also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from direct sunlight.
4. Use Air conditioning
Summer heat can be quite overwhelming. Indoor temperatures could go as high as above eighty-five degrees and this can be dangerous to you as a senior in the event that you occasionally experience difficulties in regulating your body temperature. Having air conditioning in your home would be a great idea. It may be expensive, but the effects of excess heat on your skin could be far more costly. If the cost is too high, consider visiting a place with one such as a mall, a movie theatre, a cooling centre or a library. You could as well seek the assistance of the local Home Energy Assistance Program. Additionally, you may also consider taking a shower at the end of the day in order to cool your body.
5. Check the side effects of all of your medication
Some drugs make your skin more sensitive to sunshine, and you should exercise extra care in case you are on such medication. Store all your medicines safely. Most drugs need to be stored in cool places to remain effective and this can be tricky during summer.
6. Check the weather forecast
Checking the weather forecast before you go out will help you plan your day in terms of what to wear and the activities you plan on undertaking. If the weatherman suggests that the day’s temperatures will be too high, you may wish to wear very light loose fitting clothes and do activities that require less time in the sun. Do not go for the dark colored ones as they absorb and retain heat.
7. Beware of heat-related illnesses
Heat-related illnesses occur when our body strains to maintain normal body temperature. When you stay in the sun for too long, your body works beyond its limits, and this is the root cause of these diseases. These illnesses occur in the form of heat stroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion or sunburns. Below is a breakdown of some of these heat-related illnesses.
Symptoms of dehydration include unusual sweating, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Excessive sweating can lead to loss of important minerals such as potassium. To avoid dehydration, you should drink a lot of water and fluids all day long. Fruits such as cucumbers have a lot of water and should be included the diet. You should avoid alcohol, sugar and too much caffeine. To replace the lost minerals, eating a healthy well balanced diet would be of great help. A good example is bananas, which contain potassium.
b) Heat exhaustion
This form of the heat related illnesses is mild and it occurs after subsequent days of exposure to excessive heat with no replacement of lost fluids. Its signs and symptoms are general body weakness, fatigue, sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness and fainting.
c) Heat stroke
This is a medical emergency whereby one’s body temperature rises to unsafe levels. It can quickly become fatal if the patient is not well attended to. It leads to excessive dehydration and it requires immediate medical intervention. Heat stroke can cause permanent disability or even death. Its symptoms include redness, dry skin, dizziness, headache, nausea, increased pulse rate and shortness of breath.
8. Limit physical activities
In hot days, our body works hard and adding physical exercise could exert it even more pressure. You should limit your work out time to early morning or late evenings when the temperatures are lower.
Summer temperatures are dangerously high and it is important to inform your doctor, caregiver or loved ones of any difficulties or emergencies that you may face while alone. Nonetheless, staying in line with these tips will help you to stay safe and enjoy your summer to the fullest.
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