Summer months in Connecticut are beautiful, but also prone to high temperatures and humidity. While time outdoors is important for our health and overall well being, it is equally important to stay cool during these hot months and avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion, and other conditions due to severe heat.
Take a look at tips for staying cool this summer:
PLAN YOUR DAY
During the hot days of summer, plan any outdoor activities for early mornings or later afternoons to avoid direct sun exposure for long periods of sun. If you need to be outdoors, use sunscreen and stick to areas with lots of shade and wear light clothing. Go indoors to take a break from the heat as soon as you start to feel hot, and come back outside after cooling off.
Hydration is key! Older adults are at a higher risk of developing a heat-related illness when they are dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of cold liquids. Water is best for our bodies, but adding lemon juice or making a low-sugar iced tea is a great option. Avoid sodas or drinks with lots of sugar and caffeine which can lead to dehydration.
STAY COOL INDOORS
During the day, stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings to avoid extreme heat during the highest temperatures of the day. Wear light clothing and use fans if you do not have access to an air-conditioner. Alternatively, community centers and senior centers will often offer their spaces to help you stay cool indoors during summer months.
Eating well balanced, light meals can help our bodies regulate our body temperature. Make your favorite salad for lunch time, or try a new festive summer recipe! For dinner, consider making meals that are served cold and follow up with a dessert consisting of your favorite fruit. Try to avoid heavy meals filled with fried food, spicy seasoning, or lots of dairy, which are harder for our bodies to digest.
On behalf of Age Well CT, we wish everyone a happy and healthy summer. Stay cool!
Disclaimer: Age Well CT is not a primary source of medical advice. If anyone is experiencing severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, or confusion after being in the heat for too long can be at risk for heat-related illness. Please contact a medical professional if these symptoms occur.