During the summer, we relish the warm weather and longer daylight hours. However, it’s crucial to be well-prepared for excessively humid days and take extra care of ourselves, especially those who struggle more with extreme heat.

Sudden temperature changes are not always easy to adapt to. If you or your loved one are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses perhaps due to chronic medical conditions or medications, this may also heighten sensitivity to the heat.

Considering these factors, here are some ways to ensure your safety in the hot weather in Maple Ridge retirement communities:

Stay adequately hydrated

Maintaining proper hydration is essential, especially during the hot summer months when seniors lose fluids at a faster rate. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to stay hydrated. If consuming large quantities of fluids is challenging, you can increase your water intake by consuming foods with high water content, such as melons, oranges, bell peppers, and broccoli.

It’s also important to limit alcohol consumption, as it acts as a diuretic and dehydrates the body.

Avoid outdoor exercise 

Exercising outdoors in the sun may be appealing, but it can be uncomfortable and potentially harmful during extreme heat. Instead, consider taking your workout to an indoor gym with air conditioning, which will help maintain your energy levels and breathing capacity. If going to the gym isn’t an option, you can visit an indoor pool for a refreshing swim or take a leisurely walk in an air-conditioned shopping mall or other indoor space. Many assisted living facilities like Greystone Manor Retirement Residence have indoor gyms that are a safe way to get some exercise while also being able to meet new people. It is important to find an activity that keeps you safe and brings you joy.

Dress appropriately for the weather

When dressing for hot weather, it’s important to consider not only the style but also the material of your clothing. Synthetic fabrics are less breathable than organic materials like cotton. Opt for clothing with a mostly cotton content, as it will help keep your body cool. Additionally, choose loose-fitting and light-colored clothing to enhance comfort.

Protect your skin

Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial year-round, but it becomes particularly important during the summer to prevent burns and skin damage. Apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and follow the re-application guidelines on the bottle.

If you have sensitive skin, opt for fragrance-free and oil-free sunscreen to minimize any potential discomfort. Additionally, consider wearing a sun hat, sunglasses, and other protective clothing to further shield yourself from direct sunlight when spending time outdoors in Maple Ridge retirement communities.

Keep your living space cool 

If possible, ensure good air circulation in your living space. The most effective way to achieve this is by using a portable fan or air conditioner. However, if you don’t have access to these devices, there are still steps you can take. Limit oven usage, keep shades and curtains closed during the day, and open windows during cooler nighttime hours. These simple adjustments can help maintain a cooler living environment.

If the heat in your area becomes unbearable, consider staying with a friend or family member who has a more powerful air conditioning system. Alternatively, spend most of your daytime hours in air-conditioned facilities, such as shopping malls, to escape the heat.

If you’re looking to find the right seniors community in Maple Ridge, for you or a loved one, book a tour at Greystone Manor Retirement Residence today! Contact mamarani@ppsl.com or call 604-467-2808 today to learn more. We look forward to getting to know you!