Every year thousands of people suffer from skin cancer. Even more cope with the effects of skin damage. These damages are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light, a component of sunlight and artificial tanning beds. As an element of your elder care services, it is important that you help your aging loved one understand the dangers associated with ultraviolet light, and help protect her from these dangers of a serious consequences to which they can lead. This May, join with healthcare organizations and businesses throughout the country and observing Ultraviolet Awareness Month. This month-long observation is dedicated to raising awareness of ultraviolet light dangers and teaching how people can avoid the consequences of overexposure to these lights.
As an elder care provider is important that you understand the seniors have more sensitive skin than younger people. Not only does this mean that they are more sensitive to topical applications of things such as lotions and cosmetics, they are also more susceptible to skin damage from ultraviolet rays. While many people joke that they don’t have to worry about exposure to the sun because they are already wrinkled, elderly people need to be exceptionally conscientious about their exposure to the sun, and protecting your skin from the sun because of the dangers of sunburn, skin cancer and other damage.
Some of the things that you may learn it during Ultraviolet Awareness Month include:
- The importance of the sun protection factor in sunscreens
- How often you should wear sunscreen, and how often this country needs to reapply
- What types of clothing are most appropriate for days in the sun
- If artificial tanning is safe, and how often it should be done if ever
- How to protect yourself against damages that may be caused by artificial tanning lights
- How long you should be in the sun at any given time
- Is there any benefits to ultraviolet light, and how you can get these benefits without putting yourself in danger
- How to protect the elderly from the damages of ultraviolet light
- How to start young when protecting your skin against ultraviolet light.
Some of the ways that you can encourage your elderly loved one to stay safe in the sun the summer include:
- Find a sunscreen that your aging loved one likes and encourage her to use it every day
- Choose a facial moisturizer that contains a sunscreen
- If your aging loved one wears cosmetics, choose a foundation or powder that contains a sunscreen
- Encourage your aging loved one to wear a hat and other protective clothing when she is out
- If your aging loved one goes to tanning beds, gently educate her on the dangers and help her to find better, healthier ways for her to enhance her appearance.
Care Connection provides elder care in Williamston, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.