Keep your elderly loved ones safe during the summer season by following these 7 tips:
Sunscreen. Aged skin may be at a higher risk for sunburn. Melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, is on the rise among baby boomers. Be sure to liberally apply a water-resistant sunscreen with a range of SPF between 30-50 that contains broad spectrum protection meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Hydration. Make sure you drink 6-8 glasses of water each day, possibly more if excessively sweating. It’s been noticed that the aging process makes you less aware of thirst so continue drinking even if you do not feel thirsty.
Medication. Be aware of any side effects that may occur with prescription medications. Some may make you more sensitive to heat or the sun. Talk to your doctor to determine how to lessen these effects.
Ventilation. Use air conditioning and fans to keep air properly circulating through the home. Replace filters to improve air quality.
Exercise. Continue to exercise but look for indoor and cooler options such as indoor malls, tracks and swimming pools.
Insect Protection. Find an eco-friendly pest control provider to spray substances that will reduce germ-carrying insects and mosquitos without using harmful chemicals that could affect your health.
Awareness. In summer months, we tend to spend more time outdoors whether going on walks or sitting on porches. Always maintain a level of awareness for strangers, wild animals and other threats to your security.
We care about keeping our senior loved ones safe. For more tips on caring for elderly family members, please contact the Elder Law and Estate Planning law firm, Stouffer Legal at 443-470-3599, in the Greater Baltimore area.
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