Jul 31, 2017 by Robert Myer
Summer is here in Metairie, LA and older adults may want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Getting outside and being active is encouraged for aging seniors, but it can also be quite dangerous when they fail to protect themselves from the harmful ultraviolet or UV rays. July is UV awareness month; consider the following senior home health care tips for helping older adults stay safe in the sun throughout the summer months.
In addition to protecting their skin with sunscreen, seniors must remember to protect their eyes with a high quality pair of sunglasses. When searching for sunglasses, they should find a pair that boasts a 99 to 100% protection from UVA and UVB light. Speaking to their eye doctor prior to making a purchase is a smart move. Senior home health care providers can help seniors remember to wear their sunglasses whenever they go outside, even if they are just going out to do some light gardening or go for a walk.
Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing is ideal for older adults who are out in the sun. If possible, this clothing should be worn in light colors because they tend to reflect the heat and sunlight better than dark colors. Clothing made from cotton or linen is the best choice in the summer because the fabrics are light and breathe well. Seniors who have trouble with personal grooming or getting dressed can benefit from senior home health care services. Caregivers can make sure that seniors are dressed for the hot summer weather and they can help with laundry to make sure that seniors have plenty of clean summer clothing.
Although it’s tempting to spend hours and hours basking in the sun when doing something fun like spending time with family or swimming in the summer doing so can be hazardous to older adults. Therefore, seniors should limit their time in the sun, especially during the hours of 10am and 4pm when the UV rays are most intense. Seniors should try to go outside in the early morning or early evening hours when there is more shade outside. Home caregivers can help seniors schedule activities during the cooler parts of the day when the sun isn’t so intense.
To learn more about the senior home health care services available to you and your senior loved one, contact us or call (504) 300-0115 today for more tips to keep seniors safe and healthy during the intense summer heat.