Spending time outdoors in the beautiful weather is a joy many of us look forward to during the summer. However, sun safety is important to remember as too much sun exposure can be dangerous, especially for seniors. Protecting your senior loved ones from the harsh sun is vital, so they can enjoy the warm weather with friends and family. Here are three simple sun safety tips for seniors this summer.
Choose the right sunscreen – and use it!
When it comes to selecting sunscreen, not all products are created equal. It’s essential to choose a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This ensures that your senior loved ones are shielded from the damaging effects of the sun. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours for the best protection. If your loved one is sweating excessively or swimming, it’s important to reapply the sunscreen more frequently. Remember, when it comes to sunscreen, the more protection, the better.
Spend time in the shade
While basking in the sun’s warmth feels good, it’s essential to balance it with time spent in the shade. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so try to schedule outdoor activities outside of these hours. If going out during peak sun hours is unavoidable, encourage your senior loved ones to seek shade whenever possible. This could mean relaxing under a tree, using an umbrella, or finding a sheltered area. In addition, it’s also important to wear protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants to further reduce sun exposure.
Take care of your skin daily
As we age, our skin becomes more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Protecting yourself from skin cancer, which is highly preventable, should be a top priority. Encourage your senior loved ones to take care of their skin daily. This includes applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade whenever possible. It’s also important to educate them about the importance of regular skin checks and the early detection of any concerning skin issues. If they notice any new growths, changes in moles or freckles, or any other abnormalities, it’s vital for them to make an appointment with their physician. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer are key to favorable outcomes.
Contact VERA Home Care today
Does your senior loved one require home care? Our dedicated team of professional caregivers understands the unique needs of seniors and can provide the assistance and companionship your loved one needs while ensuring their safety, including protection from the sun. Our caregivers can help remind your loved ones to apply sunscreen, assist them with finding shade during outdoor activities, and monitor their skin for any concerning changes. Contact VERA Home Care today to learn more about our services and how we can support your loved one’s well-being with our compassionate caregivers that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for seniors.