With the current Arizona heat wave, there’s no denying that summer is in full swing. And while summertime is usually a time of camping, swimming, grilling out and relaxation for most, the intense heat be dangerous for older adults if the proper precautions aren't taken.
Here are the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors that Arizona retirees and active adults should implement all season long.
1.) Eye care: Vision loss can be common among the senior citizens, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision. Consider prescription sunglasses if you have problems with your vision.
2.) Protect your skin: It only takes fifteen minutes for the sun to damage unprotected skin according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Older adults may not notice it immediately, but the damage is there. Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns in older adults. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of fifteen or more. Be sure to apply it fifteen to thirty minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently.
3.) Stay hydrated: By the time you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. For active adults, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Not upping your water intake in the summer can lead to heat stroke which symptoms include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse.
Arizona summers can pose a threat to active adults such as sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. If you remember the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors, there's no reason you can't have an enjoyable and fun-filled summer -- no matter your age.