You may know that we are supposed to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day, and that amount should increase in the summer, but did you realize that we lose our ability to conserve water as we age? This means that seniors are more prone to dehydration than younger people. It is recommended that older adults drink sweat replacement products (that contain salt and potassium), like Gatorade or Powerade, to replace the water they lose during the heat of summer.
Berry Picking has Multiple Benefits
A fun summer past time of many Americans, picking berries have amazing health benefits, too! Besides being yummy, berries like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants and can even help improve your skin! Eat them by the handful, throw them on top of your morning oatmeal, or blend them into a delicious, healthy smoothie to get all of their nutrients.
Channel your Inner Diva
Remember to wear sunglasses when you are outside so that you can protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from harmful UV rays. Another bonus, wearing sunglasses can decrease wrinkles! (less squinting!)
Speaking of UV Rays…
Protect your skin from UVA rays (that penetrate deep into the skin’s thickest layer, the dermis) and UVB rays (that cause sunburns). Preserve your skin with SPF 45 sunscreen (or anything higher than SPF 30). Don’t like the feeling of sunscreen? Shield your body from the sun with cute cover-ups, hats, or even a parasol!
Beat the Heat!
Many of us PNW-ers start complaining about the heat when the thermometer inches above 70…. we’re just not used to it! Want to avoid sticky bus seats and burning steering wheels? Try to walk outside or run errands either before 10 AM or after 6 PM, when temperatures tend to be cooler. It also frees you up to spend the dog days of summer, chilling (no pun intended) with a cold glass of lemonade and a movie or a book! For some of us with older parents who don’t have A/C and can’t leave the house, encourage them to take a cool bath or shower to lower their body temperatures.
Enjoy the warmer weather, keep active, and stay healthy!