Summer is a great time to stay active and get involved in community events. However, for seniors the heat can be a safety concern. Below are some tips and resources for seniors and caregivers on how to stay cool this summer.
At Good Life Senior Residences, our residents have been enjoying the outdoors lately at barbecues, beach days, and outings. It's great to take advantage of the sunny weather, but it's also important to protect your skin and stay safe in the heat. Here are a few things to remember as you head out for summery outings:
1. Wear sunscreen: It only takes a short time of sun exposure to do damage to your skin. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen 15 minutes before heading out into the sun.
2. Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated is important to helping avoid health emergencies, especially in the heat. Did you know that the feeling of thirst decreases in seniors? Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day to avoid being dehydrated.
3. Talk to your doctor: Some medications cause sensitivity to the sun. Review your medications with your doctor and ask what precautions you should take.
If you or someone you know doesn't have air conditioning and need somewhere to stay cool during the day, the City of Chicago operates Cooling Centers throughout the city 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. (Hours and days of service could be extended under extreme conditions. Other City facilities might be designated as Cooling Centers during off days or hours. DFSS Cooling Centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. For the most current Cooling Center information at any time, call 3-1-1.)
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653
North Area Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
South Chicago Center
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Trina Davila Center
4312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
The City also offers tips for how to Beat the Heat:
On extremely hot days, check in on elderly neighbors, family, and friends to make sure they are staying cool!
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