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Tips for How to Stay Cool this Summer

Posted by Amber Martin on Jun 26, 2017 10:02:00 AM

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.

botanicgardens10.jpgAt 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.)

Englewood Center
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60621

Garfield Center
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

King Center
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: 

2016CoolingCenterEnglish_Page_2.jpgOn extremely hot days, check in on elderly neighbors, family, and friends to make sure they are staying cool!

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Topics: Resources and tips for seniors