Senior Summer Survival Kit
Many of us do not drink the necessary amount of water we need each day, and this is very true in seniors as well! Because certain chronic conditions may worsen if a person of age doesn’t stay hydrated, it’s more imperative that they are constantly drinking enough water and staying hydrated – especially during these hot summer days and nights. Something you can do together with your loved one is prepared about two liters of water to drink throughout the day (which is recommended by the Institute of Medicine) between meals and especially before and after going outside during summer days. This way you always have an “h20 goal” to look forward to together every day!
While it is smart to stay indoors on generally hot days, don’t forget that we all need a proper daily dose of Vitamin D. Whether you’re planning on a beach trip or short walk in the sun, prep yourself and your loved one with the essentials, like sunscreen, long sleeve – loose cotton clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat. While sunscreen can protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, did you know that over 7% of the sunscreens on the market are damaging due to the ingredients that penetrate the skin? Stick with safe alternatives made with zinc oxide, shea butter to moisturize the skin, and of course, an all-natural fragrance like rose, lemon, and lavender oil.
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If there is one thing that is most important to be aware of during the hot summer is to make sure your loved one avoids direct sunlight. Our skin gets much more fragile as we age, which means that the better we shield it, the less damage and “wear and tear” it will experience during the hot summer months. Starting from the head, always equip yourself and your loved one with a wide brimmed hat or visor to shield their noggin from the sun. Another thing to consider would be UVA/UVB protective sunglasses -even prescription sunglasses if necessary which are becoming more and more popular these days. Next, go for lightweight but protective clothing like long sleeve linen or cotton shirts and pants that don’t stick to the skin. The more skin you and your client or loved one can cover, the longer you can stay outside and enjoy being outdoors!
Overall, be sure to make this summer count but use these resources to make it a safe and rewarding experience. What are some way you protect and prep your body during the summer months? Comment below!