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Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips


  1. Minimize Sun Exposure. While it is great to get your daily dose of vitamin D with a little sunshine, too much sun should be avoided. It is wise to avoid going outdoors when the temperature is above 80 degrees between noon and 4:30pm, the hottest hours of the day. Enjoy your walking, gardening or biking in the morning or evening hours. Wear adequate sunscreen, Dermatologists recommend two tablespoons every two hours, and reapply frequently. Our skin is thinner, the older we get so it is even more important to apply sunscreen. Wear hats, sunglasses and UV protection clothing before heading outdoors.

  2. Stay hydrated. At least eight glasses of eight ounces of water is recommended daily. Hydration is one of the easiest ways to prevent a heat-related illness or sun stroke. Watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, grapes, peppers, cauliflower and berries are also high in water content and can improve hydration.

  3. Prevent Food Poisoning. Maintain proper temperatures for foods to prevent food poisonings. Especially watch salads, dairy products, meats, and seafood since these have a higher risk of causing food poisonings if proper temperatures are not maintained. Food poisonings are especially dangerous for seniors with weakened immune systems.

  4. Keep homes cool during the summer. Air conditioning or fans may be more expensive to run, but heat can be deadly. Libraries, senior centers and the mall are also places that seniors can visit during the heat of the day to keep their cool.

  5. Monitor for ticks. If you are spending time outdoors, watch yourself and your pets for ticks. Ticks can cause Lyme disease so if you see a tick, remove promptly.

  6. Be aware of medications and their side effects. Drugs prescribed for seniors for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some anti-inflammatories may place seniors at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses. WebMD has a list of sun-sensitizing drugs at http://www/webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/sun-sensitizing-drugs. If you have a problem, seek help immediately.







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