Here Comes the Sun!
So many of us love the Sun! We love its warmth, brightness and its life-giving properties. Some of us even “worshipped” the sun in our younger days.
Now we know how dangerous spending time exposed to the sun’s rays, without proper protection, can be, and how our sunbathing early in life can cause negative effects as we age.
We also know that in moderation, safe sun exposure is good for us as we age. Experts from the Cleveland Clinic report that, although aging skin is not efficient at producing vitamin D from sun exposure, sunlight has other benefits. “With its power to produce vitamin D, sunlight protects humans against depression, insomnia and an overactive immune system,” Geriatrician Ronan Factora, M.D. said.
He added that there are some links between sunlight exposure and improved muscle function, and bone and cardiovascular health. Dr. Factora suggests older adults adopt a balanced approach to sun exposure; to get some exposure to sunshine several days a week. Dermatologists across the country agree there are safe ways to spend quality time in the sun.
- Plan outdoor adventures for early morning or late afternoon.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid damaging the fragile skin of senior adults. Older, thinner skin allows harmful UV light to penetrate more deeply.
- Seek shade from the direct sun.
- Use an SPF 15, or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Plan ahead and apply a shot-glass-size amount to the face, ears and head 30 minutes before going outside. Apply additional sunscreen to all other exposed areas. Reapply every two hours if you are swimming or sweating.
- Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply after eating.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat—the wider the brim, the better—to shade as much of your body as possible.
- To top it all off, wear a quality, stylish pair of dark, UV-filtering sunglasses.
Sagora Senior Living communities feature a bounty of outdoor Lifestyles activities including swimming, gardening, fishing, walking and more. Our “resident first” focused associates make it a priority to ensure our residents are as protected from harmful sunshine as possible.
Written by Becky Deo
May 31, 2018