Posted on May 28, 2015
Summer Fun for Seniors and In Home Elderly Help
Memorial Day weekend usually marks the unofficial start to summer and kicks off mini vacations and time away from home. The beginning of summer activities including barbeques with neighbors and friends, playing catch, and water fun roll in with the warmer weather. With summer fun, we can sometimes forget the need for safety precautions when it comes to the heat and sun; especially for seniors.
Many elderly have some trouble with regulating their core body temperature, usually due to medication, and overheating could become an issue on the especially hot summer days. One way to encourage summer fun for seniors is to remember to find shade when possible and be sure to always have a cold water bottle nearby. It’s especially important to stay hydrated on the sweltering days of summer. Finding shade might be difficult in some situations and may require a break from the heat indoors with air conditioning.
If family cookouts, graduation and birthday parties request the presence of a senior loved one, and will be held primarily outdoors, be sure to remind them to wear their sunscreen and keep that water bottle filled and nearby. Bring a sunhat for extra protection from the sun’s UV rays. Bring fruits and vegetables to offer healthy snacks for your senior loved one.
Try to keep outdoor activities to a minimum on days with heat advisories and look for summer fun after the sun goes down. Many large cities offer outdoor activities and concerts outdoors when the sun has gone down. Look on the parks and recreation site and find out about movies in the park, piano duels and other fun activities that are often available in the cooler evenings. These activities can provide summer fun for seniors but also reduces the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration that can occur from overly hot days.
When the days are really hot, try to limit summer fun to indoor activities. Summertime can be a wonderful excuse to go to the movies. Sometimes the big blockbuster of the year is an exciting change from the everyday norm and is a welcome change for your senior loved one. Indulge in some popcorn and enjoy the air conditioned theater. Movies are an exciting option for summer fun for seniors!
Another fun activity to do indoors on the particularly hot days includes helping a senior loved one to create a photo book. Scrapbooking can fall by the wayside with daily to-do lists and an extremely hot day can be just the push needed to keep you indoors and encourage your senior loved one to pull out that box of photos. Scan the photos and put them in online to create a photo book that can be printed and shared with the rest of the family. In the end, summer fun doesn’t have to mean a big event; it can just mean time spent together, doing the things you enjoy.
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