June is National Safety Month


safety awareness month-juneEvery June, the National Safety Council recognizes the importance of safety education and awareness around the country with National Safety Month. Seniors should be especially aware of ways to protect their emotional well-being and physical health as they experience the physical shifts of aging. As the summer begins, many venture out into the sun for adventure or relaxation with nature, family and friends. From sun exposure to household safety tips, these are a few ideas for seniors to be well while taking advantage of all life has to offer.

Safety Outdoors: Know Your Body

Seniors should be aware of adverse physical effects as the weather heats up. As you age, your body finds it increasingly difficult to stay hydrated. Physical signals that help the body regulate thirst begin to decrease, making consistent hydration a vital part of staying safe and healthy in the summertime. Dehydration also adds to the potential of electrolyte loss (such as salt and potassium) in your body. Drinking water and sweat replacement products are key to keeping these potential problems at bay.

Know the symptoms of heat stroke. Heat stroke is a condition brought on by an abnormally high body temperature. If you plan on being out in the sun for an extended period of time, understand your body’s cues. Find shade quickly, use an ice pack to cool down, and seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Rapid pulse
  • Heavy breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry skin, with an abnormal absence of sweating
  • Headache
  • High temperature (above 104 degrees)

To stay healthy and energized in the summer sun, choose light, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics. Sunscreen is important for all ages, and hats provide an added level of protection. Wearing sunglasses is vital to decrease sun-exposure that can irritate and damage elderly eyes.

Stay Connected

Over two million accidents involving people over age 65 are reported each year. About 7,000 of these accidents prove fatal. Staying connected to friends, family and neighbors can minimize injury in your home. Safety proof your home with these tips:

  • Keep an updated, easily accessible list of emergency numbers. Include your police, fire department, poison control and doctor’s number. Keep a friend or family member’s number listed as well.
  • Make a point of getting to know your neighbors. Not only does this provide social benefits, but it can be key in saving time and possibly even preventing an emergency.
  • Know how medication should be stored, and if it can affect you adversely in the summer heat. Make sure caretakers, friends, and neighbors are aware of medications you are taking.
  • Avoid nasty falls, one of the leading types of incidents involving seniors. Ensure clear, clutter free hallways and floors. Bannisters and no-skid tape should accompany all staircases. Rugs should be taped down to prevent sliding.

How the Law Offices of Andrew M. Lamkin can Help You

Aging brings up many legal questions, from issues of estate planning to advanced directives and beyond. It can be an overwhelming and emotional process, as well as a relief to tackle such issues. A member of the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates sections of the Nassau County Bar Association, Andrew M. Lamkin has the experience and professionalism to help you reach your planning goals. Contact Mr. Lamkin and his team for a free consultation.

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