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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