Summers in Florida can be brutal, I’m sure you know this already. While most of the residents up north stay inside during winter, we tend to stay in during summer. Just a minute or two out in the sun can get you sweating. For seniors, it is especially important to keep safe during summer. There are a few concerns to address in regards to older Americans. We’ll address them here and give you some tips!
Prevent Eye Damage
This sounds serious, and we put it first because it is! If you are a senior and plan to venture outside during summer, we recommend purchasing a good pair of sunglasses. These will help reduce eye strain, as well as protect them from the sun. Your eyes are more sensitive than most, so it’s important to shield them while you are outdoors.
As we age, our skin becomes more and more frail. This can lead to increased skin injury and damage. In the hot summer sun, it is important for seniors to apply sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. The SPF for the sunscreen should be above 15. Even if you don’t plan to be out long, it is important to have some on. It’s also a good idea to carry some with you.
Venturing outdoors, our bodies will start to perspirate in order to keep ourselves cool. This loss of water can lead to dehydration. It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, about 8 glasses. Also carry water in a reusable bottle when you go out.
Staying outdoors can be hot, but being inside a room without air conditioning can sometimes feel even worse. The air has nowhere to move and the humidity gets trapped indoors. Ensure your air conditioner is in proper working condition. It may even be beneficial to have it inspected just to be safe.