If you’re an older adult, you may be at increased risk for sun-related health issues. Michael Stern, co-director of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, offers seniors the following tips for enjoying summer — safely.
■ Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult. Use sunblock (SPF 15 or greater) when outdoors for prolonged periods of time in the summer, even on hazy or cloudy days. If you have a loved one who has memory problems, make sure he or she is not in the sun for any extended period of time. That person may not recognize or be able to tell you that he or she is uncomfortable.
■ Stay cool. When temperatures begin to reach extreme highs, stay in the coolest place available out of the sun or in an air-conditioned room.
■ Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Minimize caffeinated beverages and alcohol, and grab a water bottle or a sports drink instead. A good test of hydration is to make sure that your urine is always clear in color.
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