By the time you reach the age of 70, you have a 20 percent chance of developing skin cancer. Almost 90 percent of skin cancer cases are linked to sun exposure.
The sun does feel great after a long winter. It’s also dangerous if your parents are not taking precautions. Here are the things they must be doing when they go outside in the sun.
Wear Protective Clothing
It can be hard to cover up, but it also offers the best protection from the sun. Sheer clothing won’t help much, but a long sleeved t-shirt and long pants can help limit sun exposure. A wide-brimmed hat that shields all of the face is also important.
There are companies that make summer clothing that offers 100 percent SPF protection. The only areas of skin that will remain exposed and need sunscreen are the hands and top of the feet.
Sunscreen must be applied before your parent goes out. Your mom or dad should apply it prior to leaving as it needs time to absorb. Sun exposure can happen on cloudy days too, so a skin cream with SPF protection is important throughout the year.
If your parent has gone swimming, sunscreen needs to be reapplied immediately upon getting out and drying off. While outside, sunscreen should also be applied every couple of hours. If your parent can’t keep track of time, make sure someone is.
The sunscreen should protect against UVA and UVB rays. Many products label this as broad-spectrum protection. Look for that protection. If you can’t find it listed on the sunscreen you’ve chosen, put it back and buy a different sunscreen.
Avoid Being Outside in Peak Sun Times
Depending on your location, the peak hours of sun are usually 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or near those hours. Your parent should avoid being outside for long during those hours. If they need to, they should try to sit in the shade.
They should remember that a fraction of the sun’s rays can reach you even if you’re under an umbrella or inside a car. The UV rays can reflect off patios, sand, or pavement. The rays can come in windows in a car. Sunscreen is still needed.
Keep your parents safe in the summer sun. Make sure someone is tracking time spent outside. Timing sunscreen usage is equally important. If your parent has a hard time remembering things, consider bringing in an elder care aide to help.
Elder care professionals can keep your parent inside when the sun is highest in the sky. Elder care providers can take care of harder tasks like housework, but they’re also there for fun. Your parent can have a fun day inside playing games, dancing, or watching movies. Call our elder care agency to discuss the full range of services.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elder Care Services in Manhasset NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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