Caregivers in Queen Creek AZ: Tips for Protecting Your Senior's Eyes from the Sun

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Tips for Protecting Your Senior's Eyes from the Sun



Now that the summer months have finally returned, many people are turning their thoughts to heading outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures, longer days, and the more relaxing lifestyle that often comes during these months. While you are enjoying quality time together and making memories with your aging parents, however, it is extremely important that you don't overlook the ongoing value of protecting your parents' safety and health. While you likely already know the critical importance of your parent wearing sunscreen on a daily basis to guard their skin from sunburns, damage, and the risk of skin cancer, you may not immediately think of how important it is to protect their eyes from the sun.

Overexposure of the eyes to the potentially dangerous UVA and UVB rays of the sun can dramatically increase the risk of your parent experiencing a variety of health issues. This includes cataracts, cancer, migraines, and more. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce these risks by protecting their eyes.

Use these tips to protect your seniors' eyes from the sun:

  • Encourage them to wear a wide-brimmed hat when they are out in the sun. This provides shady protection not only to their eyes themselves, but also the skin around them. This skin is extremely delicate, meaning it burns easily, will show signs of aging and damaged more quickly, and is more vulnerable to skin cancer.
  • Help them choose the right sunglasses. Not all sunglasses are created equal. Some are designed solely with appearances and blocking glare in mind. In order to keep your parents' eyes safe and healthy, though, they must wear sunglasses rated for UVA and UVB protection. Look for glasses that curve around the sides of the eyes, as well as stretching above and below the eyes to maximize protection from all angles.
  • Discourage your senior from going out in the sun during peak hours. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun is at its strongest. Encourage your senior to stay inside during these hours, or to enjoy activities not in the direct sunlight.

Senior care can be a beneficial addition to your usual care routine with your aging parent. Having a home care provider in the home with your aging parent means you can feel confident their needs and challenges will be met consistently. The highly personalized services of such a care provider are focused specifically on meeting your parent's needs while also encouraging them to remain as independent, active, and fulfilled as possible throughout their later years. When it comes to protecting your senior's eyes from the sun, a home care provider can help your parent to choose headwear that will guard their eyes, encourage them to wear sunglasses any time they'll be out in the sun, and more.

https://www.preventblindness.org/protect-your-eyes-sun

If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Queen Creek, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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