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July is UV Awareness Month

Summertime is synonymous with barbeques, trips to the beach, and walks on the boardwalk. With so much outdoor activity, everyone, especially seniors, must take proper precautions to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Sun safety is crucial for older individuals.

As people age, their skin changes. These changes increase the vulnerability to UV radiation. For example, the skin becomes thinner, loses fat and water, and the ability to repair itself decreases, thus heightening the risk of cancer, sunburn, and other sun-related issues. In addition, seniors are more likely to suffer from eye conditions, some of which can be exacerbated by prolonged UV exposure.

Here are a few ways to protect your loved ones this summer:

1.      Use Sunscreen


It is recommended to use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher before heading outdoors. If you stay in the sun more than two hours, after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel, be sure to reapply.


2.      Protective Clothing


When appropriate, try opting for long sleeved shirts, pants and wide-brimmed hats as they provide a protective barrier against UV rays. Also, don’t neglect your eyes. UV rays can damage your eyes so be sure to wear sunglasses that block 100% UVA and UVB rays. Wrap around styles provide more protection as they prevent rays from entering on the sides.


3.      Seek Shade


Staying in the shade, whether under an umbrella, tree or other source is helpful in reducing risk of sun damage. Whenever possible, try to seek shade when outdoors.


July is UV Awareness Month. Quality of Life Home Care and Hospice wants you and your loved ones to have a safe and happy summer! We hope these tips were helpful!




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