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5 Ways for Elderly to Enjoy Beach Days

Beach days can be the best days. Time with family and friends can be invaluable. But watching the heat while hitting the coastline can be a struggle if not prepared well and can have tragic consequences. So, the next time you look to spend some time in the ocean or placing your feet in the sand, consider those summer rays and prepare accordingly.

  1. Sun shading is vital. 

When bringing your towels, chairs and other items to the beach, don't forget an umbrella, tent or sun shade. Even those hats with extra brimming can be helpful. Sunscreen is essential.

One of the best ways to avoid direct sunlight or extreme heat is to plan activities during times when it is cooler outside. Easy Living Inc. recommends non-peak hours, so check your local weather forecast and plan ahead of time.

  1. Dress appropriately.

When in doubt, wear light layers. It's always best to cover up your skin to avoid too much heat. Sunglasses and hats are always a necessity. Loose-fitting clothing that are natural fabrics, like cotton, tend to be cooler, as well as lighter colors that can reflect the sun, according to Associated Homecare.

  1. Hydrate.

Drinking water is key to any day in the sun no matter what age. Always be mindful of how the older adults in your party feel, whether that be light-headedness, tiredness or stomach problems. Any sort of symptom of heat-related sickness should not go unnoticed. Sometimes the best form of treatment is some time in the shade, some ice water and an ice pack to cool down.

Dr. William Greenough of John Hopkins Geriatric Center told Care.com that loved ones can make sure that seniors are drinking products that contain salt and potassium (sweat replacement products) and can make up for the water lost during the summer heat. Avoid caffeine or alcohol. Read More...

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