5 Summer Safety Tips For Older Americans

The summer has arrived and is in full force. It's a beautiful time of the year but also is not without any safety concerns. Be prepared with these five helpful summer safety tips for older Americans.

Keep Hydrated

It's hot out there. Experts have been predicting nationwide heatwaves that will span the lower 48 states this year. In particular, they are warning about extreme heat indexes that can really drain you faster than you could suspect. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, especially if you go out. Health specialists advise that you drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day. Don't forget, your body is comprised of over 60% water. Good advice is to keep a water bottle with you at all times, and to fill it back up once it hits the halfway marker.

Dress For The Heat

The heat demands that you dress for summer wisely. Loose-fitting clothing is the best option here. This helps your body keep cool by allowing hot air to escape. Also, look for colors that can help deflect the sun's rays. Lighter colors will help you keep cooler when the sun is at its peak. Don't forget a hat to protect your facial areas, and make sure you are wearing a pair of UVA/UVB certified sunglasses.


Skin cancer is no laughing matter. Thank goodness for sunscreen. Look for a full spectrum lotion that provides at least 30 SPF protection or better. Opt for waterproof varieties to assure that you do not sweat off the cream. Make sure you set a timer to reapply sunscreen every four hours if you plan on venturing out in the heat.

Know The Right Times To Go Out

Be mindful of the hottest parts of the day. This is when the sun is at its peak, between 10am and 4pm. If you can, try to avoid outdoor activities during this time. But if you must venture out, make sure you dress appropriately and wear sunscreen at all times.

Don't Forget Any Medications

Some medications can make you more sensitive to the sun's rays. This includes certain skin creams and orally taken medications. Check with your doctor to make sure that you know if any medications you are taking can make your body or skin more sensitive to sunlight.

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