Most of us look forward to summer all year long. Families of all ages often spend cold winter days planning vacation getaways to sunny destinations. And sometimes, those vacations include multiple generations of a family.
If your summer plans include outdoor events, a trip to the beach or just some quality family time on your own backyard patio, it’s important to practice sun safety. This is especially true for older adults who might be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.
Here are a few tips to help you safely enjoy some fun in the sun this summer.
5 Summer Safety Tips for Older Adults
- Sunscreen & Seniors: Many members of this generation of older adults grew up not wearing sunscreen. As a result, they often fail to apply sufficient quantities of it or reapply it frequently enough. A rule of thumb to share with the older adults in your life is to invest in a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50. Apply a shot glass-sized amount of sunscreen every two to four hours depending upon what activities your family is engaged in.
- Choosing the Right Sunglasses: We often think of sunglasses as a fashion accessory. The reality is sunglasses play an important role in protecting your eyesight. Some research even shows they can help prevent cataracts from developing. Experts say to check the tag on the sunglasses to be sure they block 100% of both UV and UB rays. Don’t buy them unless they do.
- Beach Shoes: Our skin becomes thinner and more delicate as we grow older. This includes the skin on your feet. Quality beach shoes can protect older adults from stepping on broken shells, burning their feet on hot sidewalks, and from other summer hazards. Proper-fitting footwear can also help prevent falls.
- Shade: Sunny beaches can be tough on older adults who might be more sensitive to the sun. While a hat can offer some protection, a better option might be a beach umbrella. Whether it is investing in a lightweight, portable beach umbrella or renting one at a beach stand they can offer the extra shade a senior needs to stay safe in the sun.
- Hydration: Our final tip is to encourage the seniors in your group to stay hydrated. Older adults are at higher risk for dehydration for a variety of reasons ranging from medication side effects to diabetes. Be sure to pack a cooler with enough bottled water to last the entire day before you head out on any summer excursions.
UV Awareness Month
July is UV Awareness Month. The team at Griswold Home Care is committed to helping older adults protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun.
Here are a few resources you can review to learn more: