Seniors, especially those with chronic medical conditions, often have trouble regulating their body temperature. This can put them at a higher risk for dehydration, overheating, and even strokes — in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 40% of heat-related deaths in the United States occurred in people over the age of 65.
If you’re over the age of 65, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your summer. After all, studies have shown that going outside can reduce your risk of depression, improve your focus, and even strengthen your immune system. Furthermore, there are many indoor activities that can keep you cool and entertained even on the hottest days.
Here are some different activities that seniors can do to enjoy the summer months and stay safe.
Go on Walks (even if they’re short)
Try taking walks with your pet, your family, or even just yourself this summer. It’s one of the easiest ways you can stay active. You can walk at a leisurely pace to help you stay cool, too! Consider scheduling your walk in the late afternoon or early evening so you aren’t outside during the hottest part of the day. When planning your route, be sure to choose areas that have a lot of shade and resting spots. Don’t forget to bring water!
Swimming is not only a fun way to keep yourself cool during the summer, but it’s a healthy form of exercise that’s great for your joints. If your area has a local pool, see if they hold senior-friendly water aerobics classes for a bit more social interaction. If you’d prefer to exercise by yourself, even just walking or swimming around in the pool can be very beneficial.
If you have limited mobility or are just looking for a way to relax outside, there are still plenty of activities that will suit your needs. Consider packing a bag and picnicking in the shade with your friends and family. Bring cards, a book, or your favorite outdoor chair, and just relax. Summer is full of different outdoor community activities, as well. See if your area has any farmer’s markets or outdoor movies you could attend.
Reading is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged during the summertime! It’s shown to improve your memory, reduce stress, and delay cognitive decline. If you’re still wanting to get a bit of sunshine in while you do this, consider relaxing on your porch or in a sunroom. Or, check out if your local library has a book club you’re interested in joining for the added social benefit.
Making Summer Snacks & Meals
When it’s hot outside, turning on the oven can be a dreadful task. Making summer-friendly salads, drinks, or sandwiches are great ways to eat healthily and entertain yourself indoors during hot weather. Or, consider inviting your grandkids over to make homemade popsicles out of juice or ice cream. It’s a fun way to stay cool and bond with the family.
Sitting in a Sunroom
Just because the weather is nice doesn’t mean you have to go outside to take advantage of it! A sunroom, for instance, has all the warmth and comfort of relaxing in the sun without the bugs and pollen. If you have allergies or just want a more regulated temperature, relax in a sunroom with a friend or family member.
Whether you decide to go outside or stay indoors this summer, be sure to follow our tips to staying cool all summer long.
- Drink lots of water
- Stay in the shade when possible
- Eat cold, light meals like chicken or pasta salad and fruits
- Wear light clothing
- Sit with your feet in a pan of cool (not too cold) water
- Buy an air conditioner
Staying Safe in Summer Weather
If you’re looking for a community of active seniors to enjoy summer and year-round activities with, Copeland Oaks Senior Living could be for you. Our beautiful, 250-acre campus has scenic views, gardens, walking paths, a fishing lake, and more that you can enjoy during the summer months and beyond.
Contact us today to schedule a visit.