6 Ways for Seniors to Stay Safe During Florida's Summer Months

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As we approach the summer months, it’s important that seniors take more precautions as the temperatures rise. Keep on reading to find out six easy ways to stay protected from the Florida heat this summer!

1. Always Keep Sunscreen on Hand

No matter what age you are, sunscreen is always a must if you are going to be outside, but especially for seniors, who have sensitive skin and already have years of sun exposure, increasing their risks for illnesses.

AgingCare.com recommends that you choose a sunscreen that is 30 SPF or higher, water-proof, and is broad-spectrum (meaning it covers both UVA and UVB rays).

2. Carry Protective Clothing Items with You

Even though the temperatures may be high, try your best to wear some light layers to help give your skin a little more shielding from the sun.

Items such as light jackets, visors, sun hats, swim covers, and even umbrellas are helpful for giving you some more protection from the sun’s rays!

3. Avoid Being Outside During Peak Heat Hours

As you age, you continue to become more prone to heatstroke and dehydration, both of which can seriously affect your health.

And when you retire in Florida, you can definitely be exposed to some intense heat. It is best to avoid being outside for long periods of time between noon and 4 p.m., however, if you need to be outside during these times for a family event or anything else, be sure to follow our other recommendations in this article, especially number four.

4. Stay Hydrated

As we mentioned above, seniors are more prone to dehydration and heatstroke as they age, so it is extremely important to go out of your way to stay hydrated.

Some steps you can take to stay hydrated during the summer months include:

  • Always carry a water bottle (and maybe an extra) with you wherever you go
  • Try and locate the nearest water fountain at whatever location you are at
    • If there is not one at the location, give your emergency numbers to someone you trust in case of dehydration
  • Try and avoid salty foods and those high in sodium
  • Water-based foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons are a good, easy way to sneak more water into your system

5. Take Breaks When Needed

Never feel like you need to keep going through the day if you are starting to feel overheated or dizzy – it’s okay to let your group or loved ones know that you just need some time to sit in a cool, shady area for some time to recoup! It’s better to speak up and take precautions rather than allow the situation to get worse. Your family will understand and be happy you spoke up.

6. Keep Emergency Numbers Close By

As we mentioned in number four, it is vital that you keep important numbers on hand or memorized in case of emergency. Contact info for family members, your doctor, and your retirement community should all be written down or saved in a safe place for you or others to access in case you require medical assistance.

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