July 6, 2021

Sun Protection and Safety Tips for Seniors

July is UV Safety Month. Stay safe in the summer sun with these tips.

As we age, the risk of developing skin cancer increases. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over half of skin cancer deaths are adults over the age of 65. It is important to prevent sun damage. During the summer months, ultraviolet (UV) rays increase in strength. Extended time outdoors without proper sun protection can lead to sunburn, dehydration and even skin cancer.

Elderly Woman Using Suntan Lotion on Beach

Follow these tips to stay safe in the sun.

1. Apply sunscreen
Before going outside, apply sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. SPF 30 sunscreen will protect your skin against sunburn while broad spectrum protection defends against all types of sun rays. Reapply every two hours for the best protection.

2. Wear protective clothing
Clothing and accessories can offer protection against the sun. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses shield your face. If it is not too hot, wear long sleeved shirts and pants for additional protection.

3. Spend time in the shade
When you spend time outside, try to find a spot in the shade, such as under a tree or a covered porch. Minimize direct sun exposure from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.

Enjoy your outdoor time this summer and stay safe.