Seasonal climate changes can pose a number of health risks to seniors as they grow older. Many seniors find summer heat, in particular, difficult to handle due to pre-existing health problems. If the summer heat is getting to you, the following tips can help cool you down during the season.
Water should be a constant companion during summer. Whether you’re taking a short drive to the store or headed for a day at the beach, be sure to fill up on water. Drinking at least eight glasses of cool, refreshing water daily (or a mix of water and natural fruit juice) is sure to keep you hydrated throughout the season.
Avoid Caffeinated Products
Minimize your intake of caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages as these tend to dehydrate the body, causing headaches, dizziness, nausea and other health problems.
Lighten Your Diet
Fried, greasy meals are harder to digest in hot weather and can weigh you down. In contrast, lighter meals to include are salads, simple soups and raw fruits and veggies. These will keep you cooler and more energized during summer.
Avoid Outdoor Activities in Extreme Heat
Stay indoors when summer temperatures soar to avoid the risk of sunstroke or sunburn. If you have errands to run, go out in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and more comfortable to be outside.
Dress for Summer
Reduce body heat by wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, cotton clothing during summer. Light colors reflect sunlight, which can help you feel more comfortable and cool.
Invest in Summer Accessories
Summer accessories such as sunglasses, hats and sunscreen will provide extra protection against the heat of summer.
Maintain a Cool Home
Use ceiling fans along with your AC to cool your home environment. Close window shades to keep out direct sunlight, so your interior temperature stays at a comfortable level.
Take Cool Showers
Take cool showers throughout the day to cool down when temperatures are at their hottest.
Seek AC Environments
Take excursions to public air-conditioned environments such as local malls, libraries, senior centers, art galleries, museums and movie theaters to escape the heat of summer. Day trips and excursions give you a chance to enjoy the fellowship of others as you explore local sights.
Beware of Heat Stroke
Become familiar with the signs of heat stroke, which include fever, rapid pulse, nausea, headache, dizziness and confusion. You should know what to do to counter this danger. Be prepared to take quick action against heatstroke when needed to reduce the risk of developing more serious health problems.
By taking precautions against summer heat, you can stay cooler this summer, protect your health and continue to partake in activities you love most. If you're looking for a safe, comfortable, healthy environment to enjoy your golden years to the full, come see all that Beverly Hills Carmel has to offer. Contact us today to schedule a tour!