Summertime Fun

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Summertime Fun
 
 
 

Summer is here, and we’re ready to party! The weather is beautiful, the days are longer, and it’s time to enjoy some outdoor fun.

We love summertime here at Priya Living. The outdoor spaces are always a blast, but they’re extra-special this time of year because it’s the time for picnics, BBQs, and pool parties. And for those of us who have grandkids, summer brings them over for weekend fun in the sun. Our multi-generational community is extra joyful over the summer.

Since everyone is out enjoying the benefits of the season, there are a few things we should all be mindful of so that our fun stays safe.

Check out these tips to make sure that you and your loved ones have a fun and safe summer.

1. Stay hydrated!

It’s hot outside and we’re out and about being more active and sweating up a storm. Sometimes we’re so busy having fun that we forget to drink water. And it’s not just the kiddies either: older adults are actually more susceptible to dehydration because our bodies have a more difficult time regulating temperature as we age. 

We all need to make sure to drink up! Have plenty of water, juice, or shikanjvi on hand for your outdoor get-togethers and activities. If you’re going to be outside for longer than half an hour, make sure to pack your water bottle. 

2. Cover up

Getting plenty of vitamin D is important, but so is protecting your skin from the heat and rays of the sun. Make sure to dress for the weather. Choose natural fabrics like cotton or linen instead of synthetic fibers and pick loose-fitting and light-colored clothes. 

Stay cool by wearing fun sunglasses with UV protection that will protect your peepers from irritation and preserve your vision. Hats are a great way to complete your marvelous summer outfit while protecting your head from the sun.

3. Beat the heat

With the temperature rising, it’s important to stay cool. Watch out for abnormally high body temperatures. Make sure you know the warning signs of heat stroke and get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Body temperature greater than 104 degrees

  • Fainting

  • Headache

  • A change in behavior, such as acting confused, agitated, or grouchy

  • Dry, flushed skin

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse

  • Not sweating, even if it’s hot out

Some of our medications can be negatively impacted by the heat too. They may lose their effectiveness if they’re stored at temperatures higher than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Some medications also have adverse reactions due to sun exposure. Ask your healthcare provider about medication guidelines.

4. Food safety

Food and fun go hand in hand. BBQs and picnics increase during the summertime season– unfortunately, this also means that food poisoning cases are on the rise. Following these general rules of food safety can help us enjoy our summer meals:

  • Bacteria can get into our hands, cutting boards, countertops, knives, and food. Make sure to wash your hands and clean cooking surfaces and equipment thoroughly with warm soapy water before preparing meals. 

  • To prevent the spread of bacteria, make sure to separate raw meat, poultry, and fish from ready-to-eat foods including fruits, vegetables, salads, cheese, and desserts during storage, preparation, and transport. Use separate coolers, plates, and utensils.

  • Keep food in an insulated cooler with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs and transport the cooler in the passenger area instead of the hot trunk of your car.

  • Cook your food thoroughly, especially meat. Use a thermometer to check that food is cooked to the correct temperature.

  • Throw out any leftovers that have been sitting out for more than one hour. 

Summertime is fun-time. So make sure to be safe– so that you can enjoy plenty of it!

 

Are you ready for some fun in the sun? Contact us to learn more about Priya Living’s lovely outdoor areas or to arrange a private tour of our facilities!