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Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Summertime is an exciting and fun time for everyone but Seniors need to be mindful when enjoying activities outdoors.

Studies have shown 60% of elders 60 years or older are “among the worst affected by extreme heat, “ (especially in Arizona).

A Few Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

1. Increase Liquids

When partaking in outdoor activities in the summer, “Seniors should drink extra liquids leading up to, during and after spending time outside. ‘’

2. Wear Light Clothing

Another way to help stay cool in the heat is by wearing the right clothes. Wearing lighter clothing reduces body temperature.

3. Stay Protected From the Sun

Besides wearing light, loose clothes, Seniors should also wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to offer protection from the sun.

“Avoid peak hours of hot temperatures, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., for any yard work or other activities that will exacerbate the body’s temperature.”

4. Cool Down When Feeling Hot

Besides drinking adequate fluids it’s important to remember to come inside from the heart and either take a cool bath or shower.

Healthy Food Tips for Summer

Summer is also a prime time to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables in season. “On the other hand, summer months can also mean BBQs and potlucks outside, which can also increase risk of foodborne illness. “

1. Stock up on Fruits and Veggies!

Eating more fruits and vegetables during the summer helps to increase fluids and veggies have a dominant water content.

2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Start a summer day with a nutritious but simple breakfast.

  • Fruit with cottage cheese with nuts

  • Veggie Omelet with whole-grain toast

  • Smoothie with fresh or frozen fruit

  • Whole grain toast with nut butter

3. Practice Food Safety

Research has shown “adults 65 years and older are at an increased risk for foodborne illness with potentially serious consequences.”

Keep foods safe in the summer:

  • Grilling meats to proper temperatures

  • Washing fruits and vegetables before cutting

  • Keeping cold food cold at 40°F or less when traveling. Pack foods in coolers with adequate ice and cold packs.

Summer can mean vacations and family get-togethers, and spending more time outside, but Seniors ( and their Caregivers) can avoid the risks of heat exposure by staying

hydrated, wearing light-loose fitting clothing and eating healthy.

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