Happy Independence Day! This is such a pivotal period in everyone's summer plans, and what a great time for weddings, family reunions and/or the perfect simple picnic. That goes for our frail seniors, too. I know I become happy just thinking about how great it feels to experience the fresh air, sunshine and the smell of nature, and they do too — if things go well.
Many communities turn to gardening for residents as a summer activity. But a family BBQ, outdoor movie night or summer concert also can be a fantastic way to expand activities during the warmer months.
Summer is a wonderful time of year. Kids are at camp and beaches; lakes and pools are top of mind for many of us. For most everyone, summer is something to look forward to - for everyone that is, except the elderly. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 7,000 heat-related deaths from 1999-2009; most at-risk for heat illnesses and death are the elderly, children, the poor or those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Summer can be dangerous for elderly and frail individuals, who are especially prone to heat-related injuries. But taking certain precautions can reduce these risks.