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Many people consider summer to be the best time of year. The weather is beautiful, families can spend more time together, and people generally seem happier during the summer as opposed to other seasons. Unfortunately, summer does have some downfalls. One of the negative aspects of summer that often goes overlooked, is the increased health risks for seniors.

These health risks range widely in terms of effects and seriousness. Some of the most common health issues that seniors suffer from during the summer include:

  • heat stroke
  • heat exhaustion
  • dehydration
  • food poisoning
  • over exposure to the sun
  • diseases caused by parasites and bacteria

Many of these health issues can be avoided with a few simple remedies. To avoid heat stroke, heat exhaustion and over exposure to the sun, you should avoid rigorous activity if you are not typically active. If you are active, take multiple breaks whenever possible. Also, try to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day. These risks can also be lessened dramatically by drinking water throughout the day. This will also reduce your risk of dehydration. To avoid increased risks of food poisoning, do not eat food that has been sitting outdoors for long periods of time. Also, be sure to wrap food securely and refrigerate it as quickly as possible to keep it from spoiling. Public pools are a great way to spend time with the grandkids, but they also become breeding grounds for bacteria and parasites during the summer months. To avoid diseases that can be contracted from these bacteria, be sure to shower before and after spending time in pools. 

These tips can help you avoid getting sick during the summer, but physical therapy can also be useful in preventing some of the health risks mentioned above. Physical therapists can teach you different breathing exercises that will help you breathe better in the higher temperatures. Muscle strength and control can also be improved through physical therapy which will allow you to keep up an active lifestyle with fellow seniors and grandchildren during the summer.

At Physical Therapy Experience, we employ only the best Physical Therapy Professionals. We treat patients with all kinds of diagnoses and injuries, and can get you back to everyday activities or sports by ensuring that you receive the best Physical Therapy Available. The most modern and innovative treatments available, combined with the best Physical Therapists in the area, will guarantee you getting back to your everyday self as fast as possible. With two convenient locations, call us in Smithtown at (631) 724-5788, or in Lindenhurst at (631) 486-6710 today!


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