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Q: What are some summer safety tips for seniors?

Posted June 05, 2013 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

A: The summer time an be great for relaxing with family and friends enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions.

Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal and beyond its limits. For senior citizens this can be especially dangerous, and even deadly.

Here are five tips to help you stay safe during the summer months:
• Drink plenty of water. Heat dehydrates you quickly. Make sure you have plenty on hand.
• Protect your skin. Use sunscreen and/or wear a hat to lessen exposure to face and neck — two spots that are extremely vulnerable to contact with sun.
• Limit strenuous activity and exercise. Planning around the hottest time of the day can help limit exposure to heat and be much easier on your body.
• Take frequent breaks to cool down.
• Check on friends and family. The heat can be especially difficult on young children and the elderly. Make sure you check in with them regularly during hot spells.

Information provided by Holly Windelow, co-owner, Help At Home Senior Care LLC, 141 N. Clark St., Clear Lake, 641-525-0332,,

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