Summer is in full swing, and with the beautiful blue skies and lush scenery also comes the dreaded heat. Even if you have the air conditioning and multiple fans blasting, escaping the oppressive summer temperatures can be difficult. Brightwater Senior Living has compiled a list of simple ways for seniors to beat the heat this summer.
Indulge in Cold or Water-Rich Foods
Staying cool and hydrated by drinking ice water is good for your body, but it can get boring and monotonous quickly. Why not switch to cubes of watermelon or some low-sugar frozen sorbet or fruit ice pops? You can also experiment with healthy smoothies that use cold or frozen ingredients, like this recipe featuring frozen raspberries and bananas. Using fruits in this way is also a healthier alternative to other tempting summer treats like soda and ice cream.
Join a Water Aerobics Class
Water aerobics isn’t just a great way to stay cool in the summer – it’s also a great way to exercise and meet new friends. Some gyms and community centers offer water aerobics classes specifically for seniors, and the low-intensity nature is perfect if you struggle with joint pain. If your class takes place outdoors, make sure to lather up with a water-resistant sunscreen.
Keep Your Windows Open, But Blinds Closed
It’s fine to open your shades a crack to let some light in, but flooding your room with sunlight can really heat up your room over a long period of time. Conversely, keeping your window open helps fresh air circulate, especially when paired with a fan.
Take a Cool Bath or Shower
If you don’t have easy access to a pool, create the closest approximation by taking a bath or shower with a water temperature under 70 degrees. Not only will it feel great after a hot day, cold showers also provide health benefits such as better blood circulation and an improved metabolism.
Limit Your Time Outdoors
Even if you feel fine in the moment, staying outside for too long in the summer can be harmful to your health in the long run. You can develop a sunburn even if you’re covered up and wearing sunscreen, become dehydrated, or suffer from heat stroke. It’s fine to spend some time outdoors, but make sure to head back inside before you start feeling the effects of the heat.
We hope the article has given you some tips for keeping cool this summer. For more information on the health risks of heat and suggestions for activities, visit the Brightwater blog.