While summer has a lot of fun to offer, it can also be a hard time to get through. The warmer weather is great for getting outside and offers way more things to do. However, the heat can get to be too much. The risk of heat stroke or sunburn can put a damper on summer fun quickly. If you want to enjoy your fun in the sun, you need to devise ways to beat the heat. This is easy enough for young people – they just need to find something like a squirt gun or a hose to play in. It can be a problem for seniors who want to join in on the summer fun, especially for those with mobility issues.
Even though senior citizens still want to be a part of their children and grandchildren’s lives during the summer, it can be difficult for them to stay cool. Oftentimes, this can present a challenge for caregivers trying to balance fun and safety. There are several ways that caregivers can both help senior citizens in their lives beat the heat and spend time with their loved ones.
Designated Outdoor Times
Even though senior citizens have more difficulty with activities in the sun, it is important for all of us to get time outside. It can be arranged for you to take your senior outside for a few hours a day. Depending on their mobility level, you can either help them with outside chores or set them outside in the shade. Listen to them when they tell you they are ready to go inside. The best time of day to get outside and stay cool? Mornings before 10 and evenings after 4.
Stay Cool With Specialized Clothing
It is easier for senior citizens to stay cool if they have the appropriate clothing. Hats with large brims are good to use as well as light fabrics. They should be wearing clothes that expose as little skin as possible if they intend to stay out for long periods of time. Sunscreen is a summer essential, as well!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Before and after you and your elderly person spend time outside, you should both drink plenty of water. You can also eat lots of fruits and vegetables to stay cool and hydrated. This will make it easier for you to beat the heat and live a good life outdoors. It is also advisable to keep a bottle of water near you at all times in case anyone gets thirsty. Remember, once you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so keep up on your water intake.
Stay Cool With Seniors
With the right preparation, everyone including seniors can enjoy summer fun. Make sure to use these tips we’ve given you and stay cool this summer!