1) Boost your hydration

  • Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they don’t sweat or recognize thirst.
  • Seniors should drink plenty of water before heading outdoors. When you think you’ve had enough, drink another glass!
  • The standard suggestion is 6-8 glasses of water per day.

2) Dress for success and apply sunscreen

  • Wear loose fitting clothes, light colors preferred – you’ll feel cooler and more comfortable.
  • Be seen to be safe – hence the light-colored clothing.
  • Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen and make sure to slather on any and all areas of exposed skin.
  • As you age, the fatty subcutaneous layer under your skin becomes thinner, and seniors become more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Make sure to wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat – they’re back in style!
  • Wear sturdy, appropriate shoes for your activities with plenty of support.

3) Know when to stay inside

  • On very hot days, it is best to limit time outside to early mornings and evenings.
  • Between the hours of 10am and 4pm, the sun is expected to be its strongest, so avoid being outside on very hot days during these hours.
  • If it’s too hot outside, consider walking laps around a mall or large shopping area inside where it is cooler.

4) Let others know where you’re going and when you expect to be back

  • If you have a cell phone, carry it with you in case you have an emergency.
  • Stick to well-lit places with others around.

5) Prevent trips and falls

  • Avoid uneven surfaces that provide potential tripping hazards – such as uneven patio pavers, outdoor rugs, slippery pool decks and sandy beaches.
  • Keep yard and patio areas well lit.
  • Make sure to stay up to date with anything that helps keep your senses sharp, like eyeglasses, hearing aids and walking devices.

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