Quick and Easy Sun Safety Tips for Seniors

Jul 22, 2019 7:54:00 AM / by Alyssa Callahan


1. Always Wear SunscreenScreen Shot 2019-07-19 at 8.30.51 AM

Putting on SPF should be a daily routine during any season, but in summer it is especially important to remember to apply sunscreen every day even if it is cloudy. Apply 15-30 minutes before going outside and be sure to reapply frequently throughout the day.


2. Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours

Sun rays are said to be the strongest from 10am-4pm so avoid spending time in the sun during this time. Try to get your daily activities done in the morning or evening if possible, but if you do want to be outside, be sure to stay in the shade.


3. Wear Proper Clothing

Wear lose, flowing clothing and a wide brimmed hat when spending time in the sun, this will give you additional protection and also allow your body to breathe and avoid overheating.


4. Wear Sunglasses

UV rays from the sun can impact vision, especially in older and sensitive eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses that have a 99 or higher UV rating to block as much of the sun’s UV rays as possible.


5. Visit Your Dermatologist

Keep an eye on your skin for any changes and be sure to visit your dermatologist for an exam to discuss any concerns especially after a summer of sun exposure.


6. Watch for Heat Stroke

Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, nausea, lethargy and elevated heart rate. Watch out for these symptoms and get medical attention if you or someone else show signs of a heat stroke.


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Alyssa Callahan

Written by a Alyssa Callahan