Beach Day Tips for Seniors
We look forward to beach days on the shoreline all year! Going to the beach can be a great memory and summer activity to share with friends and family members. However, the hot weather and direct sunlight exposure can pose risks, especially for older adults who may be more susceptible to heat-related sicknesses. Here are a few tips on how to organize and plan for the perfect beach day, no matter what age you are.
Hydrate. No matter what your age is, hydration is potentially the most important thing you can do for yourself when you’re out in the sun all day. Dehydration can lead to light-headedness, tiredness, and headaches among other symptoms. Be on high alert for heat-related sicknesses when spending time out in the sun.
Cover Up. The UV rays are most powerful in the summer between the hours of 10am – 4pm. Light layers are best to loosely cover up to avoid trapping heat in and to cover exposed skin from the sun. Always bring sunglasses and a hat with you as well to protect your eyes and scalp from overstraining and burning!
Bring Sun Shading. Bringing an umbrella or shaded chair to the beach can make all the difference in protecting from the sun! Wide brimmed hats can even do wonders in keeping the sun off of your face. To cool down, dip your feet in the water every so often if the heat begins to make you feel like you need a break.
Be mindful of your medications. Make sure to take note of which medications may cause reactions in sunlight or heat. Ask your doctor to be sure or even do a quick Google search to find out.
Bring more than what you need. It’s better to be overprepared rather than underprepared! Bring extra waters, food, towels, ice, and clothes to cover up with. Make sure you think of the mobility aspect too - if you or your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, develop a plan ahead of time to get onto the beach.