Summer Safety for Seniors

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Summer Safety
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Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Life Protect 24/7 gives its customers additional peace of mind to live independently in their own homes with its medical alert services. In the event of an accident or a medical emergency, help is close at hand through Life Protect 24/7 every day of the year.

While winter poses unique hazards for older individuals, the dangers of the hot and sunny weather of summer shouldn’t be discounted. Of course, summer can still be a relaxing period of time full of outdoor activities and relaxation. However, it’s a good idea to take a few extra precautions during this time.

For instance, drink plenty of water. As people age, they often lose some of their ability to stay hydrated and might have more trouble handling temperature fluctuations. They might not realize that they are thirsty, which adds to the risk. It is therefore essential to consume plenty of fluids, including sweat replacement fluids that contain potassium and other key ingredients the body sweats out on a hot day.

Check in with your doctor to see if there are any special precautions you should take in higher temperatures. Certain medications become less effective in the heat, so be sure that you store them properly at home. If you don’t currently have air conditioning, you might look into community programs for seniors that could provide subsidized air conditioners. Taking a short trip to a nearby library or movie theater can also offer a break from the heat and provide air-conditioned comfort. Finally, take it easy and know how to reach out for help if needed, whether with a medical alert device or through contacting a neighbor or family member.