As hotter days are on the way, it is time to remind ourselves on how best to stay cool and safe during this summer weather.
It is so lovely to see the sun shining however, for seniors, this can be a challenging time to try and keep cool. Below are a few tips to help keep seniors cool during the summer months.
Drink lots of cool water
Yes, a basic one, but very important. Make up a jug of cold water, add some lemon, cucumber, mint or raspberries to add some flavour to your water. Having a water bottle or jug in front of you during the day will encourage you to keep hydrated.
Keep your home cool
Keeping the curtains drawn during the hottest part of the day will keep the house cooler and more comfortable. Open the curtains and windows during those first few hours in the morning when it is cooler and bunker down for the rest of the day!
Cool food and snacks
Keep a few ice lollies in the freezer for an afternoon snack in the summer months. You can make your own simple ice lollies with water and your favourite fruits placed in an ice lolly mould. Alternatively, here is a recipe for a Raspberry Frozen Yogurt.
Choose light meals to eat during the day, ones that don’t require turning on the oven are best. Pasta salads and picnic-style meals are perfect for summer weather.
Protect your skin
If you are heading outside or into the garden protect your skin against the sun. Wear loose breathable clothing that covers your skin and a hat to protect your head.
For exposed areas such as the face ensure you have a good quality sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and make sure to reapply every 2 hours.
Take a Cool Shower or Bath
Have a shower or bath which is just below body temperature. You could also have a cool water foot bath to dip your feet into during the hottest parts of the day. Ensure that the water isn’t too cold as this can reduce your body temperature too much.
Air Conditioning Unit or Fan
If there is a long spell of warm weather on the way, you might want to consider investing in a cooling unit for your home this summer. Have a look online for some affordable choices.
If you or someone else show symptoms of heatstroke call 999 immediately.