FHA offers tips to help seniors beat the heat

As the mercury climbs, older residents should take precautions to stay safe

Fraser Health is offering tips for area seniors to help them stay safe while they spend time outside during the ongoing stretch of warm summer weather.

1. Balance is key.

Building strength and balance with a simple exercise program can help seniors retain mobility, vitality, energy and sense of well-being.

2. Get equipped.

Walkers and canes can help with balance on uneven sidewalks; and hip protectors can prevent broken bones from a trip or fall. Proper footwear is also important.  As tempting as sandals are in the heat, they can easily get caught on something and increase the risk for a fall.

3. Avoid the glare.

The sun can make it hard to see so sunglasses and proper eyewear are important.

Take a moment to let your eyes adjust when you go from dark to bright or vice versa as you could miss objects in your way and increase the risk for a trip or fall.

4. Keep cool and hydrated.

While indoors, use a fan and wet a face cloth with cold water. Getting enough fluids each day gives you more energy and helps your body to stay cool.

If you can, head to a mall, a community centre or a public library and enjoy the air conditioning.

5. Dress the part.

Light clothing and a hat can help keep you cool.

Some seniors prefer to stay indoors during the warmer weather. This can lead to missed doctor’s appointments, unfilled prescriptions and running out of groceries.

Be a good neighbour. Check in on loved ones and make sure they have what they need.

Everybody, regardless of age, should remember to keep cool and hydrated.

Visit the Fraser Health Authority website for more summer safety tips.

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