Staying Cool As An Active Adult in Oklahoma
Getting older has many benefits and it also has some drawbacks, just like many things in life.
Living in a hot climate definitely presents challenges to Seniors. Let’s remember that older active adults need to focus on issues of getting too hot, overheated and possible heat stroke!
As we get older, our bodies don’t adjust to the extreme climate and temperature changes as when we were younger. Seniors who are active adults also find themselves dehydrated as their default body state in many instances.
Did you know that 40% of the heat-induced injuries and heat stroke conditions were happening to people who are OVER 65?
Prescription medications can also take their toll on your ability to tolerate heat and high outdoor temperatures.
Thank goodness for Willis Carrier and his invention of modern air conditioning, right?
Here are 5 basic tips to help our Seniors survive Summer in good style!
- Take cool showers, particularly midday if you feel the heat getting you down.
- Enjoy the outdoors, but do it in air-conditioned environments like recreation centers, a senior center, the library, a fine local coffee shop or shopping at the local mall. Our community also offers a great air-conditioned clubhouse for you to enjoy.
- Sitting on the front porch and needing a quick cool down? Soak a washcloth with cold water and place it around the back of your neck. (That’s an old Boy Scout trick!)
- Do you love good food? Great, but focus on eating lighter. Try cold tuna or chicken salad, spinach salad, cold soups (they are delicious) and iced tea and iced coffee.
- Speaking of coffee, drink LOTS of cool water during the day. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Remember, many seniors go through the day dehydrated and don’t even realize they are needing fluids.
Living here at Grace Pointe Living you don’t need to worry about being cool and comfortable indoors at your Ron Walters home, because your home is maintenance free and we have excellent air conditioning systems!
Enjoy your Summer fun and friends, but pay attention to keeping your cool and staying healthy here at Grace Pointe Living.