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Summer Fun and Safety Tips for Seniors

The heat of summer in Erie sends many of us to the lakeshore to enjoy some sun, sand, and beach relaxation, or into the backyard or front porch to enjoy sunny days and firefly-filled evenings. Unfortunately, summer can also provide some risks to seniors. Here are some ideas for summer fun and safety tips for seniors. 

Summer Fun

Walk Outdoors

Exercise is always important, however you manage it. A short walk, or sitting outside and doing some gentle upper body exercises can be both beneficial when done in accordance with your doctor's recommendations. Just getting some fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for a good mood and feeling refreshed. If the day will be very hot and humid, use the cooler morning for any outdoor activities. 

Try a New Hobby

With the opportunity to be outdoors in good weather, it's a great time to take up a new hobby you've never tried, such as painting in fresh air while you enjoy the birds singing and a gentle breeze. 

Check out Technology

With a computer, you have access to all kinds of things from all over the world. Watch favorite old movies on YouTube or listen to radio shows you may remember fondly. If you don't already know how to use email, you can learn and stay in contact with friends and family across the world. Many libraries and senior centers offer introductory classes for using computers and the Internet.

Summer Safety

Ensure Your Air Conditioner Runs Well - And Use It

Before the hottest part of the summer arrives, ensure your air conditioner works and arrange for service if needed. Many seniors, concerned with the expense of running an air conditioner may choose not to use it, even if they have one in good shape. As long as you are comfortable and safe, that's fine, but don't be afraid to use it if you need to. If affordability is an issue, your area Agency on Aging and may be able to point you to programs which can help.

Stay Hydrated

As bodies age, we are less able to conserve water and less able to adapt to temperature changes. As a result, seniors may not notice or be able to adjust as quickly when becoming dehydrated. Some seniors refrain from drinking extra water because going to get it is extra effort, or to avoid making extra trips to the bathroom. While that's certainly understandable, it's not worth the risk of getting dehydrated.

Check Medications

Contact your pharmacist or doctor and check if all of your medications are okay in hot weather. Some medications make people more susceptible to heat-related health issues, and some medications require being kept at lower temperatures to remain effective.

Know Symptoms of Heat Stress and Heat Stroke and What to Do

Because older bodies are less able to adjust to temperature changes and because many seniors have medical conditions and medications that affect the ability to regulate body temperature or to perspire, the dangers of excessive heat are very real. You should know the symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke so you can catch it early, before it becomes dangerous, and how to treat it.

Don't Forget Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Sunscreen is important for everyone at every age to help prevent skin cancer, so be sure to use it if you're outside. Insect repellent is also important to help prevent insect-borne illnesses such as encephalitis and West Nile virus. 

Find More Summer Fun and Safety Tips for Seniors

As you age in your own home, summer presents some wonderful ways to take the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether you actively go out, or just enjoy an open window and the melody of birdsong. Senior Helpers in Erie, PA wants to help make that happen for you. Contact us to see how we can help you stay at home longer and enjoy your summer in Erie, Mill Creek, Fairview, Harborcreek, Waterford, Meadville, and the surrounding areas!