While we may not have had ‘Leaving Cert‘ weather we always expect in June. July certainly did not disappoint. This is why we thought it would be a good idea to share some good summer safety tips for the elderly in our lives.
While we put up with a lot of rain throughout the year, we don’t always seem to be prepared for the summer sun when it does show. Being able to keep cool and hydrated in the warm weather is important, especially for the elderly. But why is that?
Well, as we age, our bodies aren’t the best at regulating our temperature. This can mean that the elderly may sweat less than a younger adult. While this may sound better (especially in the heat), sweat is our bodies way of regulating our temperature.
This is why the heat can be risky for the elderly and why it’s crucial to help them prepare and keep safe. With that in mind, check out our 7 top summer safety tips below for the you or those in your life.
When it comes to keeping you or your elderly loved one hydrated, the recommended daily allowance is 8 glasses of water. Of course, you can always mix things up to ensure they stay hydrated. Whether it be water, juice or a cup of tea or coffee.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration in the elderly can include:
- Dizziness or headaches
- Rapid heart rate
- Difficulty walking
- Sunken eyes
This is why it is so important to keep them hydrated. There is also a great new product on the market that will help both you and your elderly loved one keep hydrated and it is called the Droplet.
Protecting Your Skin
Growing up, we were all thought to wear sun cream when out in the sun but did you know it is recommended that we wear it everyday?
Personally, I don’t but I always make sure to when I know I will be in direct sunlight. There are many who aren’t the biggest fan of sun creams as they can be tacky and sticky. But there are other ways you can help to protect your elderly loved ones skin:
- Wearing a light blouse to protect arms and neck
- A hat to protect your face
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from squinting and causing a headache
Lastly, when looking to buy your next tub of sun cream, remember to look for both UVA and UVB protection.
Dress for the Irish Weather
Whether you’re a fashionista or not, summer time is the perfect time for loose linens and bright breathable clothing. Yes, it’s true, we seem to get the 4 seasons of the year in 1 day. But, since we do seem to have higher levels of humidity it could be a good time to break out the lighter fabrics. You can always layer up when winter weather decides to arrive.
Natural fabrics such as cotton are always a great choice. They are breathable, will help keep them cool and using brighter colours can help reflect the sun when they are out in it.
Check the Forecast
Like we said, in Ireland we are all used to having the 4 seasons in the same day. However, when it comes to the summer months, you should always stay indoors during the extreme heat. This will help reduce the exposure to harmful rays, overheating and heat stroke.
Before heading out, it’s always a good good idea to check the weather forecast. This way you will know whether to bring a jacket, umbrella or your sunglasses. Perhaps bring them all in a larger bag. You never know with our weather.
Keep Your Phone On You
Whether your elderly loved one is inside or outside the home, its important to get them into the habit of having a phone on them at all times. Should they feel ill, faint or even have an accident it means that you are only a call away to come help.
During the summer, many can forget to pace themselves, keep cool and hydrate and this can cause people to feel unwell so make sure to keep a phone on them at all times.
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