A recent survey from AARP shows more than 80 percent of people 50-plus think it’s safe to travel now that Covid-19 concerns have relaxed. Beaches, lakes, campgrounds, and parks might all be on your list! Whether it’s with your partner or friends in your independent senior living group, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather!
Summer safety tips for seniors include:
- wearing sunscreen
- wearing the right clothes
- and more!
Regardless of where you are heading, ensuring summer safety is essential as part of your summer fun.
Here’s more on summer safety for seniors!
Protect yourself against skin cancer and skin damage with sunscreen when you leave your independent living center. Always carry sunscreen with you on a summer day!
You can even purchase clothing with SPF made right into the fabric as an extra precaution.
And here’s a fun fact, women are more likely to wear sunscreen than men, according to the CDC. So, remember to lather up fellas!
Drink plenty of water when you’re outside.
Even if you think you have had enough water for the day, it is important to drink more in the summer heat. A lack of water can lead to headaches, dizziness, and even heatstroke.
Many doctors recommend drinking 64 ounces of water daily; however, drink more when walking, playing tennis, or even swimming with your friends at an independent senior living facility. Exercise makes you sweat. Drinking more water helps you replenish lost fluids.
Plan your trip away from the independent living facility with the proper clothing. Wear light breathable clothes so that you don’t overheat.
Pack a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and your head cool and of course, wear the proper footwear.
Flies, mosquitoes, and ticks can all be a big problem in the summer. Ticks, for example, can cause Lyme disease.
Be sure to pack the bug spray and always check for ticks when you get settled back home, even if it’s just a day trip away from your independent living facility!
Avoid the Sun
Avoiding the sun while outside is tough. However, it is important to try to avoid direct sunlight during peak hours.
Stay inside when it’s the hottest or seek a shaded area.
Spend time in the pool during the morning or later afternoon hours. You get the same relaxation and exercise without the hot summer sun.
Summer Safety for Seniors
Summer safety for seniors includes wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and wearing the proper clothing. Also, pack bug spray and avoid the direct sun as much as possible. Following these simple steps will help keep you safe all summer long. You can enjoy the summer weather, even when you call an independent living facility home. Contact us today to learn the benefits of senior living at its finest!