Beat the Summer

Summertime brings sunshine, and everyone relishes the opportunity to enjoy favorite outdoor activities like Travel, outdoor activities with family and visiting the grandchildren. However, while the country continues to experience summers, you are more vulnerable to dangers of heat, sun and dehydration. You need to be careful to avoid the health risks that come along with these fun activities. We’ve compiled together a few tips for you to beat this summer.

1. Heat Stoke and Heat Exhaustion

Elders can get overheated easily without noticing it. To prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion, you should drink plenty of fluids and watch your activity levels.  Drinking eight or more glasses of water and/or fruit juices every day; it will help you stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages as much as possible as they accelerate dehydration. Being cautious about abnormally high temperature- a condition popularly known as hyperthermia can be preventive.  Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia which can be life threatening. Know the signs of heat stroke – body temperature greater than 104 degree, a change in behavior such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy, dry and flushed skin, nausea and vomiting, headache. Get medical attention immediately if you or anybody you know is experiencing these symptoms.

2. Avoid direct sun exposure

Prevent sunburn by using sunscreen and staying indoors during the midday hours especially between 10am- 3pm.  Wearing loose clothes in natural fabrics like cotton and light colors will reflect the sun and heat instead of darker colors that will attract them. Also try sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.

3. Limit exhausting activity and exercise

Our body works hard enough during the hot days and adding vigorous physical activity can be harmful. You don’t want to over stress yourself and put undue strain on your heart. Therefore, be sure to rest more during the hottest times of the day. If you need to get out of the house, don’t drive – call a taxi, a friend or a transportation service. Do not wait outside for the bus in extreme heat.

4. Stay in Touch

You should let friends and family members know if you’ll be spending extended period of time outside even if you’re only gardening, playing with your grandchildren or sightseeing. Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area so that in emergency, the right people can be called for help.

5. Allergies

Pollen and other allergens are in the air during the summer. You may find yourself sneezing a lot or suffering from itchy eyes. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any allergy medications, since they may interact with other medications you are taking.

Summer is a wonderful time, and you should enjoy it. Be sure to make summer a safe and healthy one by following these tips.

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