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As the summer months approach, it’s essential for seniors to take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy in the heat. From staying hydrated to protecting their skin, here are some important summer safety tips to keep seniors thriving during the warmer months.

  1. Stay Hydrated: Encourage seniors to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can sneak up quickly, especially in hot weather, so it’s crucial to stay ahead of it. If your loved one has dementia, you may have to encourage often and offer just a bit at a time.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics like cotton can help seniors stay cool and comfortable in the summer heat. Dark colors absorb heat, so opt for lighter shades when possible.
  3. Limit Outdoor Activities: Encourage seniors to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If they do need to be outside, suggest early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler.
  4. Protect Against Sunburn: Remind seniors to wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating and to reapply it every two hours, especially if they’re spending extended periods outdoors. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses can also provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
  5. Stay Cool Indoors: Make sure seniors have access to air conditioning or fans to help them stay cool indoors. If they don’t have air conditioning at home, suggest visiting a public place like a mall or library to escape the heat.
  6. Be Aware of Heat-Related Illnesses: Educate seniors and their caregivers about the signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms can include dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and confusion. If any of these symptoms occur, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
  7. Stay Connected: Encourage seniors to check in regularly with friends, family members, or neighbors, especially if they live alone. Having someone to reach out to can provide peace of mind and support in case of an emergency. If you are a caregiver, check in with your family member often.

By following these summer safety tips, seniors can enjoy the warmer weather while minimizing the risk of heat-related illnesses and other summer hazards. Remember, staying safe and healthy is key to making the most of the summer months.

If you are a family caregiver of someone with dementia, Akin Care Senior Services hosts a monthly support group throughout the summer, and we welcome anyone caring for a loved one to attend. It is held on the third Wednesday of the month at 601 Ewing St. A-12 in Princeton at 10:30 am. Reach out to Sheli Monacchio for more information by emailing sheli@akincare.com.