July Is UV Safety Month

Summer-Lady-in-Purple-Hat-300x199.jpgNow that summer is here, many aging parents are soaking up rays while walking through the park, tending to the garden, or spending some leisure time at the beach. It's a wonderful time of year.

However, summer is also a time of the year when people can get too much exposure to the sun and may be at risk not only of sunburn, but also of more serious problems such as skin cancer and melanoma, which 60,000 people develop every year.

To remind all of us to better protect our skin from the sun, July has been designated as UV Safety Month.

What is UV?

UV, or ultraviolet light, is a type of light that's at the far end of the spectrum. UV rays are a great natural source of vitamin D, which is important for health, but too much UV ray exposure can cause sunburn, eye problems, skin damage and, as mentioned above, melanoma.

It's very important that aging parents and others get a sufficient amount of fresh air and sunshine in order to maintain their health. It's also important that they avoid getting too much. Striking the right balance is key.

Sun tips for aging parents

Aging parents can help avoid excess exposure to UV rays by taking steps such as those below:

  • Plan time in the sun.  The sun beats down particularly strongly in the middle of the day. Plan outdoor activities and excursions in the earlier and later parts of the day to lessen exposure to the most intense heat of the sun.
  • Use sunscreen. The best choice is a sunscreen with a SPF rating of 15 or more; some aging parents may want to check with a doctor to determine if a particular level may be more beneficial for them. Those who sweat or who go into the water need to reapply the sunscreen regularly.
  • Limit exposure to the sun. Protect as much of the body as possible from too much sun. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim can help, as can wearing lightweight clothing that covers as much of the skin as is practical.
  • Self-check. If there's a noticeable change in skin (moles that have changed color, stubborn sores, etc.), let a doctor know. It's generally nothing to worry about, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Summer is a very special time of year – and aging parents can make it even more special by being prepared when they go outdoors.

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