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July 19, 2017

5 Sun Safety Tips for Seniors

The sun’s rays are known to be a mood booster and improve Vitamin D levels. We all want to soak in these benefits and at the same time, make sure that we are maximizing sun safety. Here are some tips for safely enjoying your time outside:

Wear Protective Clothing – The sun’s UV rays can burn the skin starting in as little as 15 minutes. To help mitigate sun exposure, dress appropriately. Long sleeve and long pant outfits that are breathable are ideal. Look for things in fabrics like cotton or linen. Also look for a floppy hat that will protect your ears, face, and head from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen – Apply early and reapply often. It is imperative that any exposed skin be protected from the sun's UV rays. We recommend applying sunscreen if you will be in the sun for more than 15 minutes and then reapplying sunscreen every two hours or even more frequently if you are sweating or swimming. As a reminder, set an alarm on your phone to repeat every hour or so. 

Wear Sunglasses – Sunglasses are a stylish way to prevent future conditions like cataracts or macular degeneration, both common conditions in the senior population. Before purchasing, make sure the lenses block both UVB and UVA rays. It is important to invest in a pair that is not only stylish but also functional.

Drink Lots of Water – It is recommended that you consume at least eight glasses per day – but this should increase with activity. Also, remember to increase water intake if you are drinking caffeinated beverages like tea, coffee or soda. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and can quickly cause dehydration

Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency – Be aware of how to handle an emergency situation and recognize the signs of dehydration and heat stroke. If you or a loved one exhibit symptoms like dizziness, nausea, confusion, headache, muscle cramps, or are lethargic, please visit a medical professional for evaluation.

We hope these tips allow you to enjoy the sunshine safely with your loved ones.

Topics: Health, Safety

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