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Ventura, CA 93003

Senior Sun Safety

Senior Sun Safety

In Ventura County and across the nation, the summer months can bring on dangerous heat waves and make care difficult for everyone, particularly seniors. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice encourages seniors to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the summer heat and sun, as they are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and sunburn. Here are some important tips for seniors to stay safe and comfortable during hot weather:

Stay hydrated throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, but you can also have fruit juices, herbal teas, and electrolyte-rich beverages. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol as they can dehydrate you.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Choose light colors that reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it. Protect your head and face with a wide-brimmed hat and wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. Never forget to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun!

Plan outdoor activities wisely: If you want to engage in outdoor activities, try to choose cooler times of the day, such as early morning or evening. Take frequent breaks, rest in shaded areas, and listen to your body. Pace yourself and don’t overexert yourself in the heat.

Stay connected with others: It’s essential to have someone regularly check on you during hot weather. Maintain contact with family, friends, neighbors, or your favorite Livingston Memorial nurse! This way, they can ensure your well-being and provide assistance if needed. Going out in the summer is a great excuse to get together with family!

Be aware of medication side effects: Some medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun or impair your body’s ability to regulate temperature. Consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist to understand if any of your medications have such side effects and take necessary precautions.

Stay informed: Keep track of weather forecasts and heat advisories in your area. Inform yourself about heat-related illnesses and their warning signs, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If you experience symptoms like dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, confusion, or headache, seek immediate medical attention.

Being safe and healthy in the summer can be difficult, but with the proper precautions and attention, nothing will get in between you and fun in the sun. We encourage all of our seniors to get out and enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

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