How Older Adults Can Safely Enjoy Their Summers

Published: May 21st, 2018
Author: First & Main
Category: Articles

When you were a kid, summer was a magical time. School was out, swimming was in, and there were so many fun things to do outside. Now that you’re a senior, it’s not like summers aren’t fun anymore. It’s still enjoyable to go fishing, walk along the beach, or just watch the grandkids play at a backyard family barbecue. 

However, there are a few risks for seniors spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer. The heat can get more than annoying; it can be dangerous. But what are you going to do, stay inside all summer long? Instead, read below for some tips on how to stay hydrated, have fun, and get some help when you need to stay in the air conditioning. 

Proper Hydration Is Key

One danger of hot weather for any person is dehydration. But seniors are especially at risk for this. That’s because an older body is often not able to conserve water as well. Also, Agingcare.com reports that medical conditions and prescriptions common among seniors can make you lose water faster. 

Signs of dehydration include excessive thirst, dark or little urine, low blood pressure, dizziness, and irritability. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s time to go inside and drink plenty of water. But there are ways seniors can avoid dehydration:

  • Drink plenty of water before heading outside. 
  • Foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and peaches have a lot of water in them. Enjoy them throughout the day. 
  • Cold snacks like popsicles, sports drinks, and milkshakes both reduce help you feel cooler while keeping you hydrated. 

You should also talk to your doctor about any prescriptions you are taking, as some can dehydrate you without you knowing it. While you can’t stop taking these drugs, you can drink more to compensate. 

Specific Tips For Summer Heat 

Besides staying hydrated, here are a few other tips for seniors in summer:

  • Make sure your AC works. 
  • Always wear sunblock with SPF 30 or higher. 
  • Pay attention to the weather, and stay indoors when the temperature is unusually high. 
  • Take cool showers or baths. 
  • Dress in loose-fitting clothes, especially cotton since that breathes better. 

Keep in touch with family and neighbors during the summer. You can check in on other seniors to make sure they’re okay, but having someone check in on you is never a bad idea. 

Getting Help For Outdoor Chores

Although you can always skip barbecues on hot days, there can be chores outside that need your attention. These days, you can easily get people to help with these. 

If you have a pet dog, he still needs to be walked even if it’s too hot outside. Thankfully, Rover.com can do the dog walking for you. After setting up an account, you can book someone to come walk your dog whenever you think your pet needs it — and you can stay inside where it’s nice and cool. 

In fact, Senior Advisor lists many companies that offer delivery service so you don’t have to take a risk in the summer heat. Meals on Wheels might be the most famous, but there are others like: 

  • Amazon Pantry for groceries, detergent, toilet paper, and more. 
  • Many drug stores like Walgreens and CVS offer home delivery of prescriptions. 
  • Postmates isn’t available in all areas, but they can run all kinds of errands for you. 

Don’t Let The Heat Get To You

Seniors deserve to enjoy time outdoors this summer as much anyone. That’s certainly possible if you keep hydrated, stay cool, and get some people to complete those outdoor chores. This way, summer can be exciting and fun throughout the season.