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Tips to Help Older Adults Beat the Heat

Aging Benefits Advisory Older Adults Beat the Heat

In order for older adults to avoid sunburn, heat stroke, or worse, follow our tips to help you beat the heat.

This summer has been unyieldingly hot, making it much more difficult for everyone to spend time outside comfortably. For older adults, however, these soaring temperatures can pose an even greater challenge to staying comfortable and safe while outdoors. It’s crucial to take extra precautions so that you can spend time outdoors without subjecting yourself to unnecessary risk.

Time it Right

Timing is everything when it comes to venturing outside during scorching temperatures. Avoid going out during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Instead, opt for early mornings or evenings when the sun is less intense.

Dress Light

Your choice of clothing can significantly impact your comfort level outdoors. Opt for loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. These choices reflect sunlight and allow your body to breathe, helping to regulate your temperature.

Stay Hydrated

Maintaining adequate hydration is paramount in hot weather. Older adults are more susceptible to dehydration, so be sure to drink water consistently throughout the day. You can infuse some flavor by adding slices of fruits like citrus or berries to make it a bit more tasty and enjoyable, encouraging yourself to drink throughout the day. Just be careful not to overcompensate—too much water can be a bad thing.

Seek Shade

When outdoors, always seek out shady spots to rest and cool off. Whether it’s under a tree, an umbrella, or a portable sunshade, taking breaks in shaded areas can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses. If possible, it’s also a good idea to head indoors every so often for a break from the heat and to take advantage of the AC to help your body cool down faster.

Sun Protection

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with UV protection, applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and sporting a wide-brimmed hat if you have one available. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating more than usual.

Cooling Accessories

Invest in cooling accessories like handheld fans, cooling towels, and umbrellas or parasols. These tools can make a significant difference in your comfort level during outdoor activities. Choose cooling accessories that make sense for the activity you’ll be doing so that you get the most use out of them.

Plan Light Activities

Engaging in light, leisurely activities can be both enjoyable and safe. Consider activities like strolling through a garden, picnicking in a shaded area, or sitting by a calm body of water. These activities provide relaxation while minimizing the risk of heat exhaustion.

If you’re going to be doing something more activity-intensive, plan more carefully to ensure you have what you need to stay safe and comfortable.

Listen to Your Body

Your body will often give you signals when it’s feeling overheated. Pay close attention to signs like excessive sweating, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, or nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to move to a cooler place, hydrate, and rest.

Mind Your Medications

Some medications can affect your body’s response to heat. Consult your doctor to understand if any of your medications might increase your risk of heat-related issues, and follow their advice on managing heat exposure.

Stay Informed

Keep an eye on weather forecasts and heat advisories. Being aware of upcoming heat waves allows you to plan your outdoor activities accordingly or opt for indoor alternatives on particularly hot days.

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