During the summer, seniors may be at risk of social isolation and loneliness as many organisations cease their activities. In addition, family members, friends and neighbours may be heading off on vacation.
With a simple act of kindness, you can make a big difference in the life of a senior.
For seniors you know:
Seek their advice – They have many pearls of wisdom to impart!
Offer to help around the house – A little goes a long way! Mowing the lawn, pruning bushes and watering flowers are great ways to help a senior and bond with them.
Make the best of the weather – Summer is a wonderful time to spend time outdoors! You can offer to walk a senior’s dog with them, as well as include them in your family’s activities.
The simple things – Remember that a heartwarming hug or a smile can brighten a senior’s day!
For seniors you’ll soon meet:
Smile and ask how they’re doing – It’s the perfect icebreaker to strike up a conversation with a senior. The best thing about it is that you can try it anywhere!
Offer to help – Whether it’s holding open a door, offering your seat, or returning an empty shopping cart, a simple act of kindness can be of great assistance to a senior.
Visit a nursing or retirement home – With family and regular staff members being away, seniors may feel lonely and left behind. A bit of company is greatly appreciated! You can even bring your family along, or even your dog!
Summer safety tips
Here are some tips for a fun, safe summer:
Reach out – In the absence of family or friends, see if a neighbour can come by and check on you occasionally.
Stay in touch – Let your friends and family know if you’ll be spending an extended period of time outdoors, even if you’re only gardening.
Stay hydrated – Remember to drink water often, and always keep some on hand.
Keep your cool – Small increases in temperature can affect seniors coping with medical conditions. Talk to your doctor to make sure the heat won’t affect any of your medications. Shopping malls, movie theatres and libraries provide welcome, cool spaces.
Wear the right stuff – Natural fabrics like cotton are cooler and more comfortable than synthetic fibres. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a hat!
Know the Risks of Hyperthermia – Get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:
- Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
- Confused or agitated behaviour
- Dry, flushed skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse