For many seniors, summer is a time of joy and relaxation. However, seniors should take extra precautions when enjoying the outdoors this summer. With their skin being more sensitive to sunlight, they are at a higher risk for developing melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Fortunately, seniors can follow many sun safety tips to reduce their risk while staying cool and happy!
Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher at least every two hours. Reapply if you have been sweating or getting wet from water activities like swimming. This will protect against harmful UV rays, which can lead to skin cancer if not taken care of properly.
Cover Up If Needed
Depending on how sensitive one’s skin is, it may help to cover up whenever possible. This can be difficult if the weather is too hot; however, it can still help. Consider a nice hat to help protect the top of your head and face or some fashionable sunglasses to match! Light, long sleeves can help or stick to summer pants as well.
Take Shade Breaks
Try to stay in the shade as much as possible, especially on days with no overcast. It’s best to avoid going out too often during peak hours, which would be around 10 am to 2 pm. Early morning and evening outside activities would be most ideal!
While protecting the skin during summer is very important, senior citizens also need to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to avoid the risk of dehydration, heatstroke, or passing out. It’s most important to keep water close by throughout this season!
The Arbors Can Help Keep Seniors Safe in the Sun
At The Arbors Assisted Living Communities, we take great care of patients during our summertime activities. You can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is well cared for. To learn more about our communities, contact us today to schedule a tour.