While the sunny skies can make for lots of fun, Fraser Health notes it also means it’s time for sunscreen, hats and lots of water.
Here are some other tips from Fraser Health aimed at keeping seniors safe when it heats up.
- Balance is key. Building strength and balance with a simple exercise program can help retain your mobility, vitality, energy and sense of well-being.
- Get equipped. Walkers and canes can help with balance on uneven sidewalks; and hip protectors can prevent broken bones if you trip or fall. Proper footwear is also important. As tempting as sandals are in the heat, they can easily get caught on something and increase the risk for a fall.
- Avoid the glare. The sun can make it hard to see, so be sure to wear sunglasses and proper eyewear. Take a moment to let your eyes adjust when you go from dark to bright, or vice versa, as you could miss objects in your way and increase the risk for a trip or fall.
- Keep cool and hydrated. If you are staying indoors, use a fan and wet a face cloth with cold water. Getting enough fluids each day gives you more energy and helps your body to stay cool. If you can, head to a mall, a community centre or a public library and enjoy the air conditioning.
- Dress the part. Light clothing and a hat can help keep you cool.
For some seniors, the warmer weather means staying indoors and can lead to missed doctor’s appointments, unfilled prescriptions and running out of groceries. Fraser Health suggests family and neighbours check in to make sure their loved ones or neighbours have what they need.