As part of your retirement, you or your loved ones might want to move to a place near the ocean as part of your bucket list. A beautiful beach can be a calming and peaceful place to spend your days. However, you and your loved ones must be cautious, especially around water. Here are tips on how South Carolina 55 and older communities can ensure safety when enjoying their retirement years by the sea.
Pack UV Protection
Sunburns are a common hazard at many area attractions such as the beach. Sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin, but remember that it only works if you use it. Ensure to reapply sunscreen every two hours after swimming or sweating profusely. If you’re spending time in the sun for long periods, consider wearing a hat to shade you from direct sunlight and prevent heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), leading to severe complications such as kidney damage or brain damage. Stay safe in the sun, ensure you’re getting enough water, and don’t leave your house without sunglasses. Heat-related illnesses happen when your body cannot keep itself cool enough (usually due to dehydration and overexposure). Symptoms may include dizziness, muscle cramps, or feeling faint.
If you experience asthma or allergies, bring your inhaler or nasal spray. Here in Myrtle Beach, allergy season is year-round, and there will be pollen in the air most days. You may also want to bring a net for your face if you have sensitive skin. Also, keep a look out and remain cautious of what products you use on your body before heading out into the sand and sun. Avoid using lotions with fragrance as they can irritate your skin when mixed with sweat and salt water from swimming at the beach.
Be Mindful in the Water
Did you know that your shoes are one of the most critical pieces of beach attire and should be taken seriously?
- Wear water shoes to protect your feet. Water shoes are a great option in the ocean or around piers, where there may be sharp objects that can puncture or cut through regular sandals and flip-flops.
- Wear shoes with good traction and support. You can invest in some sandals with grippy soles so you don’t slide around while walking out on the dock!
- Wear shoes that dry quickly when wet or submerged in water. This helps keep them from getting smelly too quickly!
- Choose comfy footwear for all-day wear (or as much time as possible). Sandals are great for warm weather but aren’t always practical for all activities (especially water). You can consider waterproof boots for waterplay to have a better grip and protect your feet against cuts and scratches.
Remember: a beach is a place for relaxation. It is important for you and your loved ones to be prepared for emergencies or situations that may happen to have a fun and safe time. If you have any questions about our retirement community, contact us today!