Jul 17, 2017 by Erin Couchell
Temperatures are extremely high these days and seniors are enjoying their time in the sun. Lying on the beach or even in the back yard in a hammock can be very satisfying, but also very dangerous for seniors’ health. Every senior should know how to protect themselves from UV rays during these hot summer months. Home health care specialists can contribute to this knowledge of their residents and assist in taking these precautions. Here is a handy guide to help older adults stay safe in the sun all summer long.
It sounds very appealing to bask all they in the sun, but it can be life threatening. Seniors should limit their time in the sun and stay inside especially from 10 am to 4 pm when UV rays are most intense. If they want to spend their summer day outside, they can do it in the morning, or in the late afternoon. This way they will still get to enjoy the sunshine but in a safe way.
If they want to avoid serious and painful sunburns, skin cancer and other health conditions, seniors should apply sunscreen every two hours. This way they will always be protected from UV rays. When seniors are shopping for a sunscreen, they should get one that has “broad spectrum protection” written on it. It is recommendable that it has the range of 30 to 50 SPF and is designed for sensitive or aging skin. Home health care specialists can assist seniors in choosing from these different products, and ensure they are using it in a proper and timely manner.
Many seniors forget to hydrate regularly. This bad habit can be very dangerous during summer days. When seniors get dehydrated they can suffer from many serious conditions such as fever, headache, low blood pressure, dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, and confusion. To stays hydrated, they should during at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Skin isn’t the only organ that needs protection from UV rays. To protect their eyes, seniors should always have with them a high-quality pair of sunglasses, the ones that have a 99 to 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB light. Before they go shopping for sunglasses, seniors should talk to their home health care provider to schedule an appointment to the eye doctor.
Lightweight clothing is perfect for summer days. Seniors should wear something light colored, as it is proven that they tend to reflect the heat and sunlight better than dark colors. They should choose clothes comprised of cotton that can absorb moisture.
By avoiding the sun between 10am and 4pm, applying sunscreen on a regular basis, drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day, wearing a pair of high-quality sunglasses, and dressing appropriately, seniors can enjoy a sun-safe summer.