Seniors have particular health risks that need to be understood and monitored
As we age, we should be more aware of the potential health risks that are uniquely associated with both our age and the changing seasons. Staying cool in the summer is important to your general health.
Wear loose-fitting clothes in cool, natural fabrics like cotton. Dress in light colors, which reflect the sun and heat, instead of darker colors that will attract the heat and make you feel too warm.
When outdoors, protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen that's rated SPF 30 or higher.
Stay indoors during extreme heat
Try to plan your activities so you're out and about early in the morning or later in the day when it's cooler, and indoors during the heat of the day from mid-morning until late afternoon. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does—a movie theater, the mall, a friend or relative’s home or a community senior center are all good options.
It's worth a little extra planning to find ways to stay cool and healthy this summer.