While summer is usually a time for gathering with loved ones, this year, things are looking a little different. Even so, older adults are still finding ways to enjoy the outdoors – whether walking around the block, hosting a socially-distanced backyard barbeque or tending to the garden. Though time outside can improve mental and physical well-being, it’s especially important for seniors to be mindful of the season’s heat and humidity.
Extended exposure to the sun poses a risk for any age, and older adults can be particularly sensitive. In fact,
according to a study by the University of Ottawa released in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, people over 60 are 82% to 92% more likely than the average person to die as a result of a heat wave. There are a variety of reasons for this. The physical changes and various medical conditions associated with aging can make it more difficult to notice when they feel hot, to sweat effectively or circulate blood properly.After many months spent indoors, people are ready to get out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. It’s important to remember that while spending time outside is a seasonal perk that we should all take advantage of, it’s critical for seniors to be mindful of the heat and take proper safety precautions to avoid dehydration, exhaustion and other more serious side effects.When temperatures start to climb above 90 degrees, everyone, especially older adults, should be wary of the potential implications of extreme heat and take preventative measures to safeguard themselves from heat-related illnesses and health risks.
5 Tips for Seniors to Enjoy Summer Weather Safely
When the appropriate precautions are taken, summer can be fun for all, and outdoor activities can be a safe way for older adults to connect with loved ones while keeping social distance in mind. But safety should always come first. If it’s too hot, consider keeping busy with fun, solo indoor activities, such as maintaining a potted garden inside, starting a scrapbook or watching a classic summer film.
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