How to Stay Safe in Hot Weather: 5 Tips for Seniors

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In Florida, summers tend to get very hot and it is important to understand the health risks associated with excessive heat. Older adults are more susceptible to hyperthermia as well as other heat-related illnesses, especially if they have preexisting medical conditions. On that note, here are five tips for staying safe as it heats up this summer:

Stay Hydrated. 

  • While this tip seems like a no-brainer, it is easier to become dehydrated than you may think. To stay hydrated during the summer, especially if you have a busy schedule, carry around a refillable water bottle and continually drink from it throughout the day. To be on the safe side, set a goal of drinking 8 glasses of water each day. Not only does water have a myriad of health benefits, it also helps keep you from becoming overheated or otherwise ill due to the weather.

Check the Weather Before Going Outside . 

  • Remember to check the weather before you venture out for the day. If it is extremely hot, stay home and turn your air conditioning on or, if you don’t have air conditioning, go to a venue that does. Additionally, avoid participating in activities that involve being outside for extended periods of time. If you have to go to an outdoor event, take it easy, as physical exertion can cause dehydration and heat stroke.

Be Aware of Your Medications Possible Side Effects. 

  • Some medications can cause weakness, faintness, dizziness or reduced sweating. All of these factors can amplify the negative effects that heat has on an individual’s body, and may increase your risk of becoming afflicted with a dangerous heat-related condition.

Don’t overdress. 

  • Though your regular daily outfit may consist of a sweater and long pants, during summer it is important that you dress according to the weather. When possible, wear shorts or t-shirts and avoid bulky or thick clothing items. This will help keep your body temperature down and reduce the likelihood that heat will negatively affect you.

Participate in Activities That Keep You Cool.

  • During summertime, fun activities that can help you beat the heat include swimming, seeing a movie, visiting friends or family members at their homes, going out to eat at an indoor restaurant and shopping. Not only are these activities entertaining and give you something to do, but they can also keep you from becoming subjected to any heat related illnesses or ailments.
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