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How to Fully Enjoy the Hot Weather

  • Written by Lisa Yeager, Director, Sno-Valley Senior Center

I love summer! I love the warmth, the sun, the flowers and the change in routine. I love those long, lazy summer days.

But hot weather can also be dangerous especially for older adults. That’s because our ability to notice changes in body temperature decreases with age. Sometimes underlying health problems can also make seniors less able to adapt to heat and some medications contribute to dehydration. So when temperatures rise above 90 degrees it’s best to stay out of the direct sun if possible. So here are a few ways to fully enjoy the hot weather.

Air conditioning is your friend! I love going to the movies in the summer for that reason. But the Sno-Valley Senior Center is also air conditioned plus you can have a great time with friends there!

It’s so important to stay hydrated in the summer. Drink plenty of cool water and clear juices. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty though. Just drink throughout the day. I confess my favorite summer time drink is ice tea. Unfortunately, caffeinated drinks dehydrate so I’m playing around with herbal sun teas which are surprisingly good and low calorie too! Have you ever tried Celestial Seasoning Lavender Lemonade? It’s my new favorite.

It’s also important to dress appropriately with loose, light colored clothes topped off with a light weight broad brimmed hat. That will help prevent sunburn and keep you cooler too.

But if you do get overheated, take a tepid (not too hot or cold) shower or bath. Even just wetting a washcloth with cool water then place on your wrists, ankles, armpits or neck will cool your body temp. I’ll never forget as a kid getting overheated and sick at the fair. My mom moved me to the shade, doused me with cool water and gave me Gatorade. That helped a lot. (But if a person has high blood pressure or a heart problem, call 911!)

Have a safe, wonderful summer! Enjoy the sun. And check out all the great air conditioned activities at the Sno-Valley Senior Center at www.snovalleysenior.org.

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