ORANGE, Calif. (June 30, 2021) – The Summer Solstice has officially ushered in the start of summer, and Alignment Healthcare (NASDAQ: ALHC) wants seniors to stay safe and healthy this season. People ages 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, especially in the dog days of summer. Whether it’s staying closer to home on a staycation or enjoying outdoor activities, Alignment has some tips to help seniors make the most of their summer to beat the heat, stay fit and travel safely.
Beat the Heat
  • Stay hydrated! Start your day drinking 8 ounces of water every three hours. You know you're hydrated when your urine is nearly clear and has just a slight tinge of yellow. If it’s dark yellow, it could mean you are dehydrated, so keep those kidneys happy and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Use a fan to stay cool if you don't have air-conditioning. If you must go outside, plan your errands for the early morning and late afternoon to avoid overheating during the hottest periods of the day.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes and face from the sun's harmful UV rays, and wear sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher on your face and exposed arms/legs before going outside to prevent sunburn. Remember that you can still get a mean sunburn on a cloudy day.
Stay Fit
  • Exercise indoors where possible. A brisk early-morning walk at the local mall surrounded by air conditioning could be a great alternative.
  • Keep your cell phone fully charged with an extra battery pack on hand when hiking, camping or enjoying time in the great outdoors in the event there is a heat-related emergency. Informing a trusted neighbor, friend or family member of your outdoor routines can be an important safety measure in the summer. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water.
  • Many Medicare Advantage plans like those offered by Alignment Healthcare provide members with fitness and wellness benefits to help seniors lead happier, healthier lives. Whether it’s exercising at the gym or online through at-home-workouts, members can find more information by contacting their health plan provider.
Travel Safely
  • If you’re traveling abroad, always research health safety risks at your destination. Some destinations require vaccinations that are needed at least 4-6 weeks out, and don’t forget your COVID-19 vaccination card if you’re visiting a country that requires you to show proof for entry. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information.
  • Bring an ample supply of medication and avoid placing them in your suitcase in the event your luggage is lost. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag so you’ll have them with you when you need them.
  • If you’re planning a cross-country trip in an RV or car, schedule an inspection by a qualified technician and keep an emergency kit in your car. Road trips could be a good strategy for seniors who prefer to be outdoors but aren’t yet comfortable with large crowds. When making stops at rest stops, gas stations and local dining establishments, be sure to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer for your protection, especially when indoors.
“Summer presents opportunities for rest and adventure that are particularly welcome this year, but with factors such as extreme weather and added travel restrictions, we want to empower seniors to be as healthy and safe as possible this summer,” said Dr. Donald Furman, chief clinical officer, Alignment Healthcare. “At 70, I know how challenging it can be to stay active and fit, especially when temperatures rise – but Alignment Healthcare’s team is available to our members around the clock to answer any questions or provide support.”
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