Taking steps to protect you and your family’s skin from the sun is a year-round responsibility. However, because summer offers more opportunities to get outside, exercise, and soak in the summer sun, it’s important to remember how to best protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
UV radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation that is emitted by the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. While it has some benefits for people, including the creation of vitamin D, it also can cause health risks. There are two types of UV radiation – UV-B and UV-A. UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of the skin, and UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layer of the skin.
Unprotected sun exposure – exposure to UV-B and UV-A radiation – can result in the following health complications:
- Vision problems and damage to the eyes
- Suppression of the immune system
- Premature aging of the skin
- Skin cancer
In order to protect yourself and your senior parent from the harmful risks of too much sun exposure:
- Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs.
- Wear a wide brim hat to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher for both UV-A and UV-B protection. When out in the sun, it's important that you apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every 2 hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
If your senior parent is having skin complications that appear unusual, make sure you schedule an appointment with their primary care physician. Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be well-prepared prior to the appointment. Copied below includes tips to help you prepare for your senior parent’s appointment. If you’re unable to join your senior parent, call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can advocate for your aging parent during an appointment, and will help your parent:
- Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time the appointment is made, our in-home caregivers will be sure to ask if there's anything for your parent to do in advance, such as restrict their diet.
- Write down any symptoms that your parent is experiencing.
- Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins, or supplements to share with the doctor.
Your senior parent’s time with their doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help them make the most of their time. Additionally, SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers will relay all the information gathered in the doctor’s appointment to you so that you can stay informed about your parent’s health and well being.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills
SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is the name you can trust in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and Placentia for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/anaheim-hills/ca25. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 714- 706-1613 and [email protected].