With very warm temperatures this summer, we have offered our residents some useful advise to stay cool.
MINIMIZE EXPOSURE TO THE SUN
Limit direct exposure to the sun. Over exposure can lead to a higher risk of skin disease, sunburn, or overheating, but also exhaustion, an often dangerous—and overlooked—hazard during the summer. To minimize risks wear light colored clothing and plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, but seniors tend to lose fluids faster than other age groups. Given the threat of overheating and becoming physically strained, it is important to drink a lot of water and other liquids to get the nutrients to stay healthy.
STAY ACTIVE, BUT COOL
Take part in activities that are enjoyable and appropriate for weather conditions, and emphasize socialization.
UNDERSTAND HOW SUN EXPOSURE CAN EFFECT CERTAIN MEDICATIONS
Some prescription medications can have negative side effects if the user has prolonged exposure to the sun or takes part in outdoor physical activities in very hot weather. Certain medications can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or inhibit perspiration under similar conditions. Read the labels and speak to your Doctor.
WEAR SUNSCREEN AND BUG REPELLENT
Keep bug spray and a high-SPF sunscreen on hand, and apply the treatment regularly in accordance with the label instructions.
ESTABLISH A BUDDY SYSTEM
Ask a friend or family member to check in on you if you are planning to spend time outside.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
Unusual fatigue, dizziness, nausea and headaches may be early signs of heat exhaustion. Keep an eye on neighbors who may be prone to fatigue or dehydration to ensure their safety. If you find that someone is exhibiting the signs, inform the front desk as soon as possible.