The public is continually warned about using adequate protection when planning to be outside under the harsh rays of the sun for extended periods of time. Habitual sun exposure causes various types of skin damage that includes wrinkles, sunspots, and even skin cancer. Before Temple at-home caregivers accompany their senior loved ones outside for some time in the sun, consider the following pros and cons of tanning.
Replenish Vitamin D
Many elderly adults commonly suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Exposing the skin to sunshine for 15 minutes daily helps the body regenerate the vital nutrient. For this reason, some sun exposure can actually be beneficial.
As adults get older, it’s quite common for skin to age and wrinkle. This can pose a significant problem for seniors who spend a lot of time in the sun as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause age spots and wrinkles.
The skin of people over the age of 60 commonly becomes thinner and more fragile. Cells regenerate more slowly and the immune system is often weaker. A study performed by researchers from the University College London revealed that the body’s ability to signal immune system T-cells to skin areas was less efficient in senior citizens, which means the protective covering is also less likely to combat possible infections.
As older skin cannot recover as effectively or defend itself from microbial invasions, seniors are also more likely to develop skin cancer from chronic sun exposure. Healthcare providers and respite Temple caregivers recommend that seniors:
- Stay in the shade, especially during the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear loose, protective covering, sunglasses and a hat.
- Apply sunscreen containing SPF of 30 or higher if skin is exposed.
- As aged skin becomes drier and more easily suffers sun damage, use moisturizer daily to retain moisture.
You can help your senior loved one maintain healthy skin when you reach out to Home Care Assistance in Temple, TX. Our trusted home care agency provides live-in, hourly, and respite care that helps seniors overcome the challenges of age, illness, and injury in the comfort of home. Call 254-856-0600 today to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager.