Summer and family fun is right around the corner! More sunshine not only makes the great outdoors more inviting, but increased UV rays and heat also create a few risks.
Seniors don’t “feel the heat” the way younger people do and might not be aware of the risks of high temperatures. Physiologically, as we age, our bodies lose some natural ability to regulate temperature, making seniors more susceptible to sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. With some precautionary steps and healthy personal care, everyone can enjoy the summer sun.
Five ways to play it safe in the sun:
- Apply sunscreen early and often throughout the day. Try to apply sunscreen an hour before you head outside. The higher the SPF, the more protection there is. Reapply every two hours.
- Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses per day is recommended; more if you’re engaging in physical activity or it’s particularly hot.
- Stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is most intense. When outdoors, look for shade, especially during the hottest hours.
- Some medications cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns about your medication side effects.
- Wear the right clothing and eye protection. Lightweight, breathable fabrics are best. Wear wrap-
around sunglasses that protect eyes from both UVA and UVB radiation.