Hot weather shouldn’t mean that we need to hide out indoors all day long. There are ways to safely enjoy time outside. Heat safety for seniors includes remembering to take frequent breaks from the sun, wearing loose layers that can be removed as the day gets warmer and replaced when the evening temps cool. Drinking lots of water will help to prevent dehydration and other potential complications. When the weather is warmer, take the time to enjoy those outdoor barbecues and cookouts; just remember to find shade and air conditioning whenever possible.
When a senior loved one has plans to spend time outdoors for a family gathering, be sure they wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing. Wearing a sun hat can be helpful with blocking sunrays and provide UV protection as well. Handheld fans with sprayers are really helpful to keep cool. Try to also find shade whenever possible and seek air conditioning to cool off in breaks whenever necessary.
After a day out in the sun with family and friends, it is helpful go shower afterwards. As the water evaporates, it helps to cool the body. Using a damp washcloth on the back of the neck and on the forehead will also help cooling your senior if they are staying outdoors and can’t get back into air conditioning.
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