Keep Your Senior Loved Ones Safe in the Summer Sun

With these simple tips, you can help keep your senior loved one safe all summer long!

As summer heats up, it’s important to remember that seniors are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays and need extra protection when spending time outdoors. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and seniors are more prone to developing skin cancer due to thinner, drier skin and decreased ability to repair damage caused by UV radiation. In addition, the sun can affect a senior’s immune system, making them more susceptible to other illnesses. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some ways you can help keep your senior loved ones safe during the hot summer months.

Sunscreen Application

Sunscreen should be applied liberally and frequently as many seniors don’t realize they need protection from burns and skin damage until after they have gone outside. Make sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on exposed areas of the skin. Be sure to reapply every two hours and after any water activities such as swimming. For added protection against UVA/UVB rays, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has both UVA and UVB protection.

Sun Protection Clothing

When possible, opt for lightweight clothing that covers arms and legs. Look for long-sleeved shirts with a UPF  rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+. If you’re looking for hats or sunglasses, make sure those items also offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. Even if you choose clothing with UPF ratings, don’t forget to apply sunscreen underneath! Hats should also be worn when possible; wide-brimmed hats are the best because they provide maximum coverage while still allowing proper ventilation.

Time of Day Considerations

Seniors should also try to limit their exposure between 11 am – 3 pm when UV radiation is strongest. On especially sunny days, it’s best for seniors to stay indoors during peak hours; if they do go outside during those times, make sure they take breaks in shaded areas whenever possible so they can avoid prolonged direct exposure to the sun’s rays.

This summer season is a great opportunity to remind our elderly loved ones just how important it is to protect themselves from harmful UV rays when spending time outdoors. With these simple tips, you can help keep your senior loved one safe all summer long!