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While summer is the perfect time to explore beaches and other destinations, you must follow summer safety tips. As a result, this will protect you from any heat-related illness. Summer heat protection is essential for seniors who are vulnerable to heat diseases.

How can seniors stay safe in the summer heat?

Since age-related changes negatively impact the skin and circulatory systems, seniors are more likely to suffer heat stroke during summer. Therefore, they must keep themselves cool during the hot weather to reduce sun exposure effects.

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  1. Cool Off
  2. Stay Hydrated
  3. Avoid Sun Mid-Day
  4. Protective Clothing
  5. Keep Exercising

1) Cool Off

Cooling off the body can help to chill the body during summer. Put a cool towel or wet towelette on the chest or neck when spending time outside. You may also cool down your body by dipping into water at a nearby pool or beach every hour.

2) Stay Hydrated

Your body continuously loses water through sweat on hot days, and it’s essential to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Seniors aged 60 or above are more susceptible to dehydration and should drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated.

3) Avoid Sun Mid-Day

The UV index is usually very high between 11 AM and 3 PM, increasing the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Avoid staying outdoors during this time to stay safe from the extreme heat. Instead, take walks in the early mornings and late evenings.

4) Protective Clothing

Putting on sun-protective clothing and equipment can also protect seniors from heat-related illnesses. Put on sun-safe hats with flaps to protect your head, face, ears, and back of the neck. You can also wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from UV rays.

5) Keep Exercising

With the scorching sun outdoors, staying indoors and enjoying the cool air from your air conditioner can be tempting. Get out and exercise to keep the body moving. Swimming is the best exercise in summer as you exercise and cool off the body at the same time.

Avoiding Heat Exhaustion in the Summer Months

These summer safety tips can protect you from extreme heat in summer. When you notice the signs of heat exhaustion, let a professional medical expert help you alleviate the symptoms before it advances to heat stroke. Stay safe this summer!

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