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Summer Safety Tips for Seniors: Staying Healthy and Hydrated

Humans. Microscopic organisms. Giant blue whales. What do we all have in common? No, we do not share the same musical tastes. But, we do share the same basic survival need: Water.
Without good old H20, life as we know it would not exist. It’s as simple as that.  
 
As we age, it becomes even more critical to maintain proper hydration, especially in the summer months when the heat can really take its toll. And be advised: Dehydration is a sneaky adversary, especially for older adults whose brains react more slowly to the sense of thirst. We aren’t even aware that we aren’t drinking enough until symptoms like thirst, headache, fatigue, increased heart rate, lightheadedness and muscle weakness rear their ugly heads. Too many seniors ignore the signs and wind up in the ER.
 
Don’t let summer heat exhaustion and dehydration keep you from the outdoor activities you love. With a little thought and some common-sense senior safety tips, you’ll be enjoying quality time with your homies on the golf course, beach, tennis court – and of course at Happy Hour. Much more fun than filling out forms in the waiting room.
 

A Sipping Schedule

Scheduled drinking times throughout the day is a great way to ensure you are getting ample fluid intake. The more sun exposure, the more often you will need a scheduled swig. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and make a note of how much you are drinking.
 

Keep it Tasty!

Add flavor to your water – not sugar. Infusing your water with fruits or vegetables can be tasty and refreshing. Nothing will keep you as cool as a cucumber like, well…cool cucumber water.
 

Caffeine and Alcohol – Just Say No

Caffeinated drinks and alcohol may feel like they are quenching your thirst, but in fact they contribute to dehydration. Save the cocktails for the air conditioning.
 

It’s All About Timing

Don’t cancel that exercise walk around the lake with your active adult community walking group. Just schedule it for early morning or evening along with your tennis game or pool excursion. It’s best to avoid exposure to the heat during the sun’s peak hours.

Head for the Shade

If you are out in the intense heat, wear a sun hat and find shade wherever possible. Be generous with your sunscreen.

Food with Water

Along with the heat, summer brings a huge assortment of delicious, water-based foods. The water content in foods like cucumbers, oranges, plums and lettuces provide added hydration for seniors. Cold summer soups are also a great addition to your hydration regimen.

Know Thyself

Rule number one for senior summer safety: Listen to your body. Drink plenty of water all day. But if you still feel like the heat is getting to you, take a break and head inside to an air-conditioned space. If you’ve already right sized into one of Overture’s premier active adult communities, you can just grab a few buddies and cool off with a card game. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, book a tour of the Overture property of your choice today.

Don’t forget to bring your water bottle

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