Seniors can be especially vulnerable to skin damage from the sun. Too much sun exposure can increase the like- lihood of older adults develop- ing skin cancer or melanoma. It’s an issue that is gathering more importance for seniors who are living longer than ever.

WHAT TO BUY

Make sure you’re using
the right stuff. That is, a sun protection cream or salve that offers protection from UVA and UVB rays with a sun pro- tection factor of 30 or above. Apply sunscreen about half an hour before exposure and reapply throughout the day.

DRESS FOR IT

Dermatologists recommend sunscreen, of course, but also emphasize covering up as much exposed skin as possible. Light-colored and lightweight fabrics allow seniors to cover up their skin while staying cool and comfortable.

A wide-brimmed hat is more

than useful, too, protecting the scalp and shading the face.

DON’T FORGET THE EYES

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 20% of cataracts cases are caused by extended UV exposure. De- ploy dark-colored sunglasses for the job.

USE COMMON SENSE

Always look for shade to stay out of the sun and alle- viate the risks of heat stress and overexertion.

If you’re on the golf course and have to wait for the group in front of you, find
a tree to sit or stand under. Every little bit helps. Earlier is better, too. The sun’s rays are typically most severe be- tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The most common symptoms of heat stress include fatigue, dizziness, nausea, cramps and headaches. More severe symptoms include mental confusion, flushed skin and a high heart rate. 

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