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Senior In Home Care: Sun Protection For Seniors

Jul 21, 2017 by Samantha Pfeifer

We all know that you are supposed to protect your skin from the sun to prevent aging, but what if you are already naturally aging – is it still worth it? The short answer is yes. July is National Ultraviolet Safety Month and as summer starts to heat up, seniors need to make sure that their skin is protected at all times. Senior in home care can help reassure you that your loved one is properly protected every time they step out of their home.

A study performed in 2009 shows that as skin ages, it is less likely to be able to protect itself from developing skin cancer. The study showed that as the skin ages, it has a weakened ability to attract the cells needed to protect the skin and fight off damage that is done.

Senior in home care focuses on making sure that your loved one’s skin is protected every time they leave their home. Older adults do need to take some precautions to limit their sun exposure, especially during peak seasons of the day. A simple sunburn could cause serious medical complications for seniors.

Here are some great sun protection tips provided by our senior in home care team:

  • Find shade when possible and stay out of the direct sun
  • Do not attempt to tan, as this can cause damage to the skin
  • Stay inside when the sun’s rays are strongest, which is between 10:00am and 4:00 pm
  • If you must go out, apply sunscreen and where clothes that protect the skin
  • Use a hat to protect the head and face from the sun
  • Always use a moisturizer on the skin to help hydrate it

While you may not think your loved one’s skin needs to be protected from the sun, it does. Sunburn and skin damage can occur at any time. If you would like to discuss your options for senior in home care for your parent or grandparent, call Comfort Keepers today. 

Comfort Keepers of Waite Park & St. Cloud, MN proudly provides senior in home care services in the following communities throughout Benton County, Morrison County, Sherburne County, Stearns County & Wright County:

Annandale, Avon, Bowlus, Clear Lake, Clearwater, Collegeville, Cold Spring, Foley, Gilman, Holdingford, Little Falls, Maple Lake, Oak Park, Rice, RoyaltonSartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Stephen, St. Wendel, Waite Park, Watab and more

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