Senior Living—Staying Safe in the Summer

Senior Living—Staying Safe in the Summer

Despite its reputation as the season for lounging and laziness, summer can actually be the busiest season of all, with endless outdoor activities, daytrips, barbecues and more. A packed schedule paired with high temperatures and humidity can be a health risk, however, particularly for children, seniors and for people with certain physical or medical conditions.

In order to enjoy these long, sunny days to their fullest, you have to be sure to take care of your health first and foremost. Here are some tips for staying safe this summer while enjoying everything that Southgate at Shrewsbury has to offer for recreation, education and fun.

Embrace the Great Indoors

Exercise raises your body temperature, which is the opposite of what you want to do when the temperatures are already soaring. That doesn’t mean you need to turn into a couch potato until September, however, because Southgate at Shrewsbury offers a wide variety of indoor recreation activities for those who enjoy direction and a group setting. Members of our independent living community are always telling us how much they love these classes—a fact that is self-evident if you walk past when one is in session and see all the friendly faces joining in.

We also offer a variety of recreation facilities for our members to use on their own schedule. This is another one of the features that makes independent living at Southgate at Shrewsbury so great. Nobody has to socialize when they don’t feel like it; they can simply use an exercise machine, go bowling or take a stroll whenever they want.

Stay Smart Outdoors

If you do want to exercise outside (and who could blame you when there are such beautiful outdoor spaces surrounding Southgate at Shrewsbury?) then time your outings for cooler parts of the day. Check both the temperature and humidity when making plans, as the humidity can have a big impact on your ability to cool off, making the temperature seem higher than it actually is.

Cool Off in the Pool

One of the best ways to stay active while staying cool is to take advantage of our indoor pool. It’s the perfect way to cool down after an outdoor stroll or to avoid the heat altogether. There are so many options; you can join a group recreation class or swim some laps on your own.

One thing that surprises new residents of Southgate at Shrewsbury is how active our independent living community really is. When we call ourselves an active retirement community, we mean it fully. The pool, recreation classes, bowling alley, library, park and other facilities are always full of friendly faces. It’s truly the perfect place to spend the summer, so keep these tips in mind and make the most of the season.