We’ve waited all year for summer – a glorious time to enjoy nature, walks, music on the lawn, sitting by the lake, family BBQs or whatever you enjoy doing outside. Not to mention the health benefits getting out in the sun can have on our bodies. The increased levels of vitamin D help fight certain conditions from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Even a walk through a garden can help promote mental clarity and help the elderly de-stress.
Connecting to the outside is the perfect way to enjoy what summer has to offer. Before you and your aging parent venture out though, consider these tips from Healthy Aging to keep seniors especially safe in the summer heat to enjoy all the season has to offer:
- Stay hydrated – As we age, our sense of thirst decreases allowing dehydration to happen quickly. To avoid a hospitalization for dehydration which can lead to infection or cognition issues, stay hydrated by drinking small amounts of water every 15-20 minutes or at least 48-64 fluid ounces per day to keep electrolytes balanced. Staying hydrated is the key to staying and feeling healthy. Don’t like plain water? Consider adding fruit to your water or frozen fruit as ice cubes.
- Dress ‘cool’ – If temps are over 90 degrees, stay indoors and go out in the early morning or late afternoon. Wear loose, light-colored clothes, and a lightweight brimmed hat.
- Don’t forget the sunblock – If you’re going to be out in the sun for prolonged hours, make sure you don’t forget to wear a sunblock with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher.
- Plan ahead – pack lots of water to bring with you, snacks and a washcloth to dampen if you do get hot to keep your body cool. Remember to take lots of breaks in the shade and enjoy the summer sun!
For additional resources on how to stay cool in the summer or for places to go, call Lifesprk’s 24/7 Navigation desk for proactive guidance at 952-345-0919. Summer On!