Thanks to Florida’s subtropical climate and humidity, summer months can see temperatures rise into the triple digits. For seniors, this incredible summer heat can be dangerous — even life-threatening.
While you can’t change Florida’s climate, you can change how you interact with it. This month, we’ve put together a shortlist of five tips to help seniors beat the heat this summer.
1. Stay Hydrated
While this tip might seem like a given, the obvious points are often the first ones to be forgotten, so it bears repeating: avoid dehydration at all times. The human body loses the ability to retain water as it ages, making seniors far more susceptible to dehydration than anyone else. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and drink plenty of water and sweat-replacing drinks to combat the water lost to summer heat.
2. Keep Cool in AC
If you’ve been taking our advice on exercising, remember not to over do it. Make sure that your AC is working so that you’re cool and comfortable during the peak hours of the day.
If your home doesn’t have an air conditioner, find AC elsewhere. A public library or movie theater could be a good way to spend the peak hours in an entertaining environment. A cold bath or shower might be a good alternative.
3. Dress Appropriately
Regardless of the season, it’s important to dress for the weather around you. Stock up on a collection of light-colored clothes; they’ll help reflect the heat away from you. Make sure your new wardrobe consists of natural, breathable fabrics like cotton.
When you go outside, wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes!
4. Stay Indoors During Peak Heat
In Florida’s heat and humidity, even a short trip down to the grocery store can be exhausting. Stay inside during the peak heat hours unless necessary. The best time to go outside is before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
If you can’t avoid going out, make sure to have your transportation worked out ahead of time. Don’t stand at the bus stop, waiting in 100-degree temperatures.
5. If You DO Go out, Use Sunscreen
If you must go out during the peak heat, remember to take precautions. Apply an ample supply of sunblock, SPF 30 or higher, to build a barrier between the sun’s rays and your skin. Remember to wear your sunglasses for extra protection.
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