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Be Prepared: Summer Health Risks for Seniors

May 13, 2015 7:00:12 AM / Chris Harper Chris Harper

Summertime-Dollarphotoclub_82410854-300x300Summer is a great time of year. Travel, outdoor activities, picnics, summer festivals and visiting with grandchildren are popular summer pastimes. However, seniors need to be careful to avoid the health risks that come along with these fun activities.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion for Seniors

Seniors can get overheated easily without noticing it. To prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion, you should drink plenty of fluids and watch your activity levels. You should not suddenly become a lot more active than usual, without taking rest breaks. It is best to stay indoors during the hottest time of the day.

Dehydration and Seniors

Summer temperatures mean that the body needs more fluids, because more fluid is leaving the body as sweat. It is harder for seniors to notice the symptoms of thirst. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel that you need it.

Beware of Food Poisoning

Picnics and barbecues are popular during the summer months. Be aware that food spoils much more easily in warm temperatures. Don’t eat food that has been sitting around outdoors for hours, or you will run the risk of food poisoning. Even at home, you need to be sure to put food away as soon as you can after your meals.

Prevent Sunburn

Prevent sunburn by wearing sunscreen and staying indoors during the midday hours. Even with sunscreen, increase your sun exposure gradually, and move to shady areas when you can. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.

Avoid Over-Activity

It is easy to overdo physical activities in the summertime. You are suddenly outdoors more, playing with grandchildren, sightseeing or mowing your lawn. Be aware of your fitness level, and increase your activity level gradually. You don’t want to overexert yourself and put undue strain on your heart. Be sure to rest more during the hottest times of the day.


Pollen and other allergens are in the air during the summer. You may find yourself sneezing a lot or suffering from itchy eyes. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any allergy medications, since they may interact with other medications you are taking.

Summer is a wonderful time, and you should enjoy it, by all means. Just be sure to take the proper precautions, and make your summer a safe and healthy one.

Topics: Senior Health, Tips

Chris Harper

Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.

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