Summertime is a great opportunity to get outside and be active, but extreme heat and sun exposure can be dangerous, especially for older adults. In fact, people older than 65 may experience skin cancer more frequently because of UV exposure they’ve received over the course of their lives. Here are some important tips for seniors to protect themselves in the sun.
One of the most obvious and effective methods for preventing skin cancer is simply avoiding excessive sun exposure. That doesn’t mean seniors can’t go outside, it just means they need to adequately cover up with things like broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses and loose, ventilated clothing that provides sun protection.
Wearing sunscreen may seem like an obvious protection against the sun, but many people who go outdoors for a short time forget to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is important whether you have fair or dark skin, whether it’s cloudy or sunny, and whether you go outdoors for a short time or longer. SPF 30, or even greater strengths, is recommended, especially if you or a loved one is 65 years or older.
Older adults are more susceptible to dehydration because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for those long summer outings.
Plan Your Day
During the summer, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. is generally the hottest time frame to participate in outdoor activities. If possible, plan outings either before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the most dangerous parts of the day.
Keep an Eye on Medications and Heart Issues
Certain prescription medications explicitly suggest avoiding excessive heat or sun. If you or a loved one take medications that suggest avoiding sun exposure or heat, don’t take those warnings for granted. Serious heart-related illnesses can also be exacerbated by heat, so be careful when participating in outside activities or events.
Enjoy a Safe Summer Experience
Residents at A. G. Rhodes enjoy fun, engaging summer activities that take into account the dangers of excessive heat and sun exposure. Outings and events are designed to maximize fun and minimize exposure to potentially dangerous environmental conditions. To learn more about life at A. G. Rhodes, schedule a visit to one of our beautiful homes in metro Atlanta or call us at 877-918-6413 today.