Summer is a great time of year. School is out. The weather is warm. The outdoors are calling. This is a great opportunity for exercise, sports, barbecues and vacations. It’s also a time to not let our enthusiasm get in the way of our safety. Here are some summer safety tips for seniors looking to make the most of the season.
1. Study the Weather Reports
The last few years have seen record heat and this trend doesn’t show any immediate signs of reversing. High temperatures can be dangerous. Extreme heat can cause sunburn, heat stroke and worse. Extreme heat can also cause us to sweat a lot and cause dehydration.
2. Keep Hydrated
Drinking a lot of fluid is always important, but it’s especially so in the summer where we lose water rapidly through sweat. That means drinking a lot of hydrating beverages and fewer drinks that dehydrate you. Minimize your caffeine intake because it causes you to lose water more quickly. Try to drink eight or more glasses of water per day.
3. Wear Sunscreen
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can be dangerous. In addition to causing heat, sunlight emits something called “ultraviolet light” which can damage your skin and even cause certain forms of cancer. You should use an spf of 30 or higher. Also, make sure to apply it a full 30 minutes before you go outside to get maximum protection. Water resistant sunscreen is also recommended even if you don’t plan on going swimming. See that pesky sweat problem that keeps on coming up.
4. Get Sunlight
We’ve spent a lot of time telling you how to protect yourself from the sun, but the truth is you are protecting yourself for a reason, so that you can be in the sun because it is actually good for you. Sunlight is a source of Vitamin D, which helps your brain, your bones and your muscles. Sunlight actually makes you happier and healthier. So protect yourself first and then soak in those rays.
5. Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
Your family will be more available than ever during the summer and family time is good for the mind, body and soul. Make the most of this opportunity.
If you are interested in learning about summer programming for seniors, you can visit us at our website at rcjl.org or call us at 925.648.2800.