With the summer temperatures steadily increasing, it is more important than ever to maintain safety while outside. Located in Georgia, Brickmont Assisted Living understands the importance of keeping safe during the summer months. With a higher risk of heat strokes, dehydration, and other heat-related ailments, we want to help older adults enjoy a fun and safe summer!
We encourage you to get outdoors, so Brickmont Assisted Living is providing a few safety tips to maintain your health during the summer time!
1. Stay Hydrated
Our first safety tip to maintaining a happy and healthy summer is to stay hydrated! One of the most important aspects of life, whatever your age, is maintaining steady hydration. Hydration is vital no matter what time of year it is or where you find yourself.
As you age, the feeling of thirst can be reduced and create additional problems if you don’t consume fluids regularly. Drinking water can help cool you down and prevent heat-related fatigue and ailments. Seniors being hospitalized for dehydration is not uncommon, especially during the summertime; staying hydrated can help reduce this risk.
2. Find Shade and Avoid Direct Sunlight
While you may be focused on tending to your garden or enjoying an outdoor activity, don’t forget to tend to yourself. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.” Finding shade can be a crucial safety tip to maintaining your composure during your summer excursions. The best way to beat the heat is to get out of it, especially if you find yourself in direct sunlight for too long. Allowing yourself a few moments out of the sun’s intense rays can make a world of difference to maintaining a happy and safe day outdoors.
3. Wear Sunscreen and Protective Clothing
A safety tip for the summer that not many consider is your wardrobe and sunscreen. Sunscreen is essential if you find yourself outside for an extended period, but it is also necessary even for short periods outside. While staying outside for shorter periods may make you think you don’t need sunscreen, it’s better safe than sorry. Wearing sunscreen when appropriate, can save you from sunburn and sun poisoning. Wearing a protective hat and light-colored clothing can also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
4. Know Your Limit and Enjoy Yourself
We want everyone to enjoy the great outdoors this summer! Taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun and taking care of yourself properly will ensure this. It is important to know your limit and never push above it. While it may seem like a nice day for a walk outside, overexertion can cause more bad than good.
At Brickmont Assisted Living, we invite you to do the things you love while living at a place where you’re loved. If you would like to learn more about our communities, contact us, and schedule a tour today!