water with lemon and cucumberIt’s finally summer! The time has come to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but don’t let the potential dangers of the season get the best of you. Older adults are more likely to be affected by the hot weather, due to chronic health conditions and poor blood circulation.

At Avon Health Center, we want to make sure you can enjoy the benefits of summer while still staying safe! Here are some helpful tips.

1. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of H2O! Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but regular water intake tends to be forgotten as we age and become less active.

Add some fruit to your water for more flavor and vitamin intake. Citrus fruits contain Vitamin B, potassium, magnesium and other crucial minerals. To keep your drinks fun and seasonal, try a lemon or orange slice.

Stay clear of drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, as these beverages may lead to dehydration. The body loses water with age, so it’s important to avoid actions that can exacerbate the issue.

2. Keep Things Light

Stay cool and comfortable, whether indoors or outside. Layering light clothing items can help prevent overheating by allowing your skin to breathe. The layers also regulate body temperature while in cooler areas, especially air-conditioned rooms.

Keep in mind, dark colors can attract more sunlight than lighter colors. Consider adding some brightness to your wardrobe before heading out the door!

3. Get Outside

The sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Take advantage of this natural medicine and spend some time outdoors; even 30 minutes can be beneficial. Taking walks, maintaining a garden or having a picnic are just a few great activities you can do this season.

Risk of sun cancer increases with age, so remember to wear your sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from damaging rays!

4. Know the Signs

If you plan on spending time in the sun, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration. If you experience dizziness, fatigue or nausea, head inside and drink some water. Contact your doctor to discuss which activities are safe for you on warm days.
Have a fun summer, while taking the right precautions. For questions or more information on staying healthy this season, contact Avon Health Center today.