Here Comes the Sun: Tips to Help You Stay Cool

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Health & Wellness

Here comes the sun…FINALLY! It seems like it has been years since summer was last here. With the dawning of the sunny summer season, life inside the house seems a lot drearier. Why be inside when you can do what you are doing outside! Why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoy the outdoors?

However, some individuals—including seniors—tend to be more sensitive to heat and are more easily harmed by prolonged exposure to the summer heat. Hold on, do not think your days of sitting poolside are over. We have come up with some quick tips and tricks to help you to stay cool and fully enjoy the sunny weather safely.

1) Most importantly, remember to drink plenty of fluids before, while, and after going outside. During hot weather it is suggested that we increase the daily suggested amount by an extra three- eight ounce servings in order to make up for any fluids lost while sweating (making for a grand total of eight- eight ounce servings). Besides water, fruit and vegetable juice can be great alternative hydrators and will also replace electrolytes. Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as black tea and coffee as they act as dehydrators. So feel free to kick back with a nice glass (or two) of refreshing lemonade or sparkling water while enjoy the weather.

2) When selecting clothing to go outside, fabric and style matters. For style, choose looser fitting clothes that flare away from the body rather than more fitted styles that hold onto sweat. For fabric, choose lighter colored natural fabrics, such as cotton, over dark colored synthetic fabrics that do not reflect heat away from the body. By choosing these styles not only will you look ready for a trip to the beach, but also heat will more easily be able to escape from your body. This allows you to feel (and to look) cooler.

3) Grab your sunglasses and a hat to match before heading out. Besides looking super stylish, these items help to prevent the sensitive skin on your face from burning as well as protecting your eyes from the harsh sun’s rays. Still worried about your skin? Pick up a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher for added protection. Also certain brands make sunscreen specifically formulated for your face that is gentler and less oily then regular sunscreen.

4) Remember to stay cool. Before and after going outside during those hot summer days, it is important to spend time in a cool room. There has been some debate over whether cooling a room with fans or air conditioning is better health wise for the user. Some people worry that air conditioners can pose health risks for older adults, because they can become contaminated by holding onto air impurities and recycling them through the air. Whereas, fans have no built in system filter system, which makes them less of a risk. It is true that air conditioners can become dirty through repeated use; however, as long as your unit has clean filters and an annual maintenance check to see that it is in good working condition, air conditioning is safe way to keep cool. Moreover, air conditioning helps to drastically reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses as it can regulate the temperature of a room more easily than a fan. To maximize your unit’s cooling effect, use both your fan and your air conditioner at the same time. Place portable fans around the room to help keep the cool air moving.

5) Don’t have air conditioning? Don’t sweat it! Keep your windows open at night and use a window box fan to pull in the cool air. Keep the air circulating by placing others fans throughout the room. During the day, open your windows strategically to create a cross breeze, but remember to leave blinds down and curtains drawn on unused windows as this will block out the hot summer heat. If you are still not cool enough consider taking a trip to a public air conditioned place, such as the library. Not only will you be cool as a cucumber, but you will also have some free entertainment.

6) Hate the heat and want a change of pace? Maybe it is time for you to treat yourself to a little get away. Get out of the heat and hassle altogether, come stay with us this summer and enjoy a break from it all. Staycations are available at all our locations, contact us today at (844) 219-0055 or info@harmonyseniorservices.com for more information!

With these simple tips and tricks you will be all ready to embrace the sunny weather while remaining safe.

Here comes the sun… and it’s all right.