Since it is the middle of the summer, it is important to find safe summertime activities for your senior loved one to enjoy. When the sun is shining high and bright in the sky, and the heat feels oppressive, make it a day to organize some scrapbooks and share some family memories indoors with the air conditioning on to keep cool. Your loved one might have a closet that they have been putting off sorting through. Make the summer your time for spring cleaning when the hot weather isn’t as enjoyable as in earlier months.
The mercury has risen and it is getting increasingly difficult to stay cool as we near the end of July. The summer can be enjoyable if the proper precautions are taken when it comes to the heat. It is often advisable for seniors to stay indoors as much as possible during the peak heat hours of the day during the summer. Not only is it usually hottest between 10 A.M. and 2 P.M., it is also the prime time for the sun’s rays that can damage and burn skin. It is best to avoid prolonged periods of time outdoors during that time span to prevent sunburn. Seniors are especially susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays because of medications they may take and because the natural ability to regulate body temperature is not as efficient as when they were younger.
In most parts of the country, summer can get really hot and it’s usually best to stay indoors as much as possible. Since the easygoing weather of spring and fall is perfect for spending as much time outside as we can; why not take the dog days of summer inside. Shopping is an easy way to spend time indoors. If your loved one is looking to just get out of the house for a bit to break up the day, take them to the mall for a lunch and some sales. If the mall has a movie theater, you might find a relaxing afternoon in front of a new flick to be refreshing, especially in the wonderful air conditioning. Usually afternoon matinees are cheaper, as an added bonus! Take this time to venture out to nearby museums, theaters and aquariums. A fun day planned around a cultural event can be a lot of fun!
There’s no need to sweat or risk a heat related illness to enjoy the summer. Avoid the peak hours of sunshine and enjoy the weather first thing in the morning or early dusk. There are usually outdoor movies playing in nearby communities or local concerts in the park. The Parks and Recreation center should have a calendar posted online or in their building that lists upcoming outdoor events near Santa Barbara.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in home senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.