August 21: How to beat the heat: summer safety tips

Summertime may provide opportunities to get out and have fun. But the heat and sun can also be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are a few tips to help you relax and enjoy the season.

 

STAY HYDRATED

As we age, our bodies lose the ability to conserve water, making us more susceptible to dehydration. Remember to drink water and sweat replacement products (that contain salt and potassium) to replace water during summer months.

 

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

Some medications are affected by higher temperatures or become less effective when stored above room temperature (78°F). Check with your physician to prevent any unneeded medical aggravation due to increased heat.

 

KEEP YOUR COOL

As we age, our bodies lose the ability to adjust to changes in temperature, making us more vulnerable to the harmful effects of heat. Make sure you plan your attire accordingly for outdoor activities and be sure to take breaks in cool areas to refresh.

 

STAY IN TOUCH

High temperatures affect everyone differently, not to mention have the ability to disrupt our daily routines. Stay connected with your neighbors and get to know their schedules so that you can occasionally make sure everything is okay. Plus, the extra company and friendship is a bonus.

 

APPLY BUG SPRAY

Warm summer weather typically brings everyone and everything out, including insects. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, particularly in the evening hours, use bug repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit by mosquitos.

 

 

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