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Sun Savviness for your Senior Parent

Caregiver in Bal Harbor FL

For seniors especially, sun safety is quite important. As a family caregiver, you can help keep your dad or mom safe while enjoying the warmth of the sun.Caregiver-in-Bal-Harbor-FL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers several tips for soaking up the sun’s rays, but keeping safe in the process:

  • Senior citizens need vitamin D to maintain good health. But the CDC says they only need about 15 minutes or less of sun exposure two to three times a week on their faces and hands for their bodies to produce an adequate supply of vitamin D. There are also certain foods or multivitamins from which your mom or dad could get vitamin D, if they don’t want to be in the sun.
  • Seniors should always wear sunscreen, a cap or broad-brimmed hat, and light clothing that covers their skin when in the sun. When applying sunscreen, it should be done before they get dressed so they don’t miss any spots, including any bald spots on one’s head. Remember, sunscreen needs time to work. So it should be applied an hour before your mom or dad venture outside and reapplied every two hours—more often if they’re swimming or sweating a lot.
  • Sunscreen isn’t just for outdoor activities like golfing or going to the beach, or on a family picnic. Your parent should wear sunscreen anytime they’re going to be outside for longer than 15 minutes, no matter what they’re doing.
  • Just because it may be cloudy the UVA and UVB rays that tan and burn one’s skin are still shining down, being absorbed by your parent. And, as people age, their skin becomes more sensitive, so wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are equally important for your parent on cloudy days.
  • Seniors should use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. For the best protection, it should have a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15; if there’s a history of skin cancer or your parent has very fair skin, the SPF should be 30 or more. Lip balm with an SPF of 30 or more is also urged. And UV-filtering (dark) sunglasses should also be part of your parent’s outdoor attire in the summer months.
  • If your parents get sunburned, the CDC recommends aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain, headache and fever. They can also take a cool—not cold—bath and use an aloe-based cream to moisturize their skin afterward.
  • Finally, if your parent does get sunburned, they’re also at risk of dehydration. So you should make sure they’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, and keeping their body hydrated with at least six to eight glasses of water per day.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Bal Harbor, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.


Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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