Summertime brings more opportunities for attending outdoor events and participating in outdoor activities. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people over the age of 65 are more prone to heat-related illnesses, injuries and other health problems. Whether you’re a caregiver choosing outdoor activities for elderly people or if you are a senior looking for things to do this summer, be sure and consider these tips to prevent injuries this summer.
Hydration is critical for people of all ages, but especially seniors. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to get a drink on a hot day. When you know you’ll be spending time outdoors, start drinking water as early as possible to give your body a head start on hydration. Being dehydrated is one of the main reasons why people suffer heat-related illnesses, and it’s completely preventable. Hydration can also prevent muscular injuries and cramping as you do outdoor activities.
Warm-Up Before Doing Activities
Whether you’re going for a walk, gardening, mowing grass or anything else, do some stretches to loosen up your muscles beforehand. Even outdoor activities for elderly people that aren’t usually strenuous can be stressful when you factor in the heat and humidity. Getting your muscles warm and loose can help prevent injuries that could put you in a difficult position if you are unable to get back in your home easily.
Wear Supportive Footwear
If you have a hard time walking in general, then you may consider investing in a mobility scooter to get places more quickly and with less effort. But if you will be walking a lot for any summer activity, then choose proper footwear that provides adequate support. Without this support, you may feel some pain in your ankles, knees and sometimes even through your back and shoulders. Wearing shoes without good support can make you more prone to injuring yourself by making you favor one side while walking, which can throw your body off balance.
Use Proper Tools When Working Outdoors
Any time you’re working on an outdoor project, be sure to use the proper tools available to make the job easier. This even includes using a porch lift to get to your backyard rather than walking down the stairs. If you’ll be gardening, consider using tools with long handles so you won’t have to bend over as much. Too much bending, squatting and kneeling can be painful on your joints and might increase the risk of injuring yourself.
Next Day Access wants to help seniors have a safe summer experience. We offer a wide range of mobility products and home accessibility solutions to fit your specific needs. Anything from a porch lift to a mobility scooter or even a simple wheelchair ramp can make your life at home easier, more accessible and safer. Enjoy a safe and relaxing summer this year full of activities and contact us at any time if an accessibility solution could provide you with a better experience.