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Summer can provide many wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and experience enjoyable activities with Seniors. Please consider these tips as you venture out with seniors in the summer:
1. Temperature change: Heat and quick temperature changes are not well tolerated b by Seniors. Don't gage how well they might do by how well you are doing. Just going in and out of the outdoor heat and AC buildings can cause problems that result in confusion, instability, and put our seniors at risk.
a. Solution: Take time moving from one temperature environment to the next, pause in the entry or exit for a moment, watch the Senior for signs of distress.
2. HOT Days: Thin skin, reduced ability to regulate internal thermostat and cognitive impairment when mixed with hot days is a recipe for problems!
a. Solution: keep your Senior indoors or in controlled environments on hot days above 90 degrees, provide ample protection via a hat, umbrella, etc. for transportation.
3. HOT CARS: Hot surfaces and hot air can cause damage to the skin, airways, and mental condition rapidly.
a. Solutions: DO NOT LEAVE A SENIOR IN THE CAR with or without you in the heat of the day, not even for a moment!
b. Open all windows to flush out hot air before closing the doors
c. Run the ac at all times on hot days
d. Carry a hand or portable fan with you
4. HOT Surfaces: Rails, door handles, carts, etc. can pose a burn and/or fall risk,
a. Solution: touch the surface before your Senior to ensure it is not too hot
5. Dehydration; Can come on quickly and may compromise a Senior mentally as well as physically.
a. Solution: offer about 8 oz of water at least each hour or more if tolerated. Drink water with them:-) (confirm with PCP for fluid intake limits)
6. Summer Accident Risks: Problems associated with most activities outdoors; be watchful and prevent incidents with: Heat, transportation, water/pools, slick sidewalks/grass, bright sun/vision, skin damage
a. Solution: Thinking ahead of an activity, outing or summer event, being prepared and flexible to change, and staying alert can avoid the dangers to Seniors associated with hot summer days.
7. Enjoy the summer; reminisce, discover new things, and be safe.
This is by no means an exhaustive or complete approach to safety or recommendations for Seniors and Summer safety. And is not intended to advise or suggest activities that might pose a danger or risk to Seniors. Check with the Seniors PCP for advisement.
By; Pati Rader, CSA
Certified Senior Advisor®
Life Enrichment Specialist
Marketing Consultant & Coach
Summer Safety for Seniors