Summer has arrived. While this is a time of outdoor activities and warm days, it is also an occasion for potentially dangerous and immobilizing health concerns. Older adults are at risk for a number of health problems
Here are some ways for older adults to protect themselves against the summer heat, without sacrificing all the fun planned out for the summer:
1. Schedule outdoor activities either early in the day or much later in the evening. Do not forget to check the temperature before heading outdoors.
2. If you must leave at the peak of the day’s heat, remember not to overexert yourself and rest periodically. Also, wear clothing that is lightweight and light-colored. Protect the head with a wide-brimmed hat that covers much of the face.
3. Wear sunglasses that have 99% UV light absorption or those that darken when exposed to light. These are important for one’s mobility while walking outdoors. Also, as one ages, the eyes become more sensitive to light and changes in temperature. Without protection for the eyes, older adults may develop cataracts.
4. Sunscreen and lipbalm ought to be in every senior’s bag. Sunscreen lotion must have broad-spectrum protection and SPF 15 or higher. Lipbalm also ought to be at least SPF 15.
5. Keep the home cool by closing the drapes on sunny day. Have a fan to circulate the air around the house and use air conditioning to dehumidify the room.
6. Having a barrier free