Warm Weather Tips for Seniors

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With summer almost upon us, older adults or those caring for them need to be proactive and help protect them from the heat and sun. Seniors dehydrate more quickly than younger people and their skin is more susceptible to the sun. Therefore, an adequate daily fluid intake should be increased during warmer weather. Water is the best choice as soda, coffee and tea contain diuretics which increase water removal from the body. Seniors should wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses when outside. Provide shade when remaining outside for prolonged periods of time. While a little Vitamin D is good for us all, seniors cannot tolerate the heat and humidity. Even while driving in the car, the sun’s rays can penetrate the front windshield and cause sunburn. Let’s keep our seniors “sun safe” by remembering these few tips!

Nancy Hanley, RN
Geriatric Care Manager

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