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Protecting Senior Loved Ones from Skin Cancer

While we enjoy the abundant sunshine and nice weather in California, excessive sun exposure can prove dangerous. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to help protect your elderly loved one from the hazards of skin cancer as a result of sun exposure. Tracy Home Care Assistance hopes family members and their senior loved ones will take the following precautions before going outside.

Regular Sunscreen Use

Seniors can help prevent skin cancer by wearing sunscreen regularly. The sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30 and should also be waterproof. Seniors should re-apply sunscreen diligently throughout the day and before they go outside regardless of the weather.

Protective Clothing

Protective attire can also keep skin cancer at bay. Seniors should wear sunglasses with UV protection, wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeves if they are going outdoors. This will limit the amount of contact the sunlight makes with their skin and reduce the risk of sun damage.

Limited Sun Exposure

Avoiding going outdoors when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest can also help minimize the risk of skin cancer in elderly people. The worst time to go outside is between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Sunlight radiation is most intense during that time frame and can cause sun damage to any exposed skin.

Sun Protection Curtains

Sunlight from windows can also be hazardous to seniors because the glass magnifies the intensity of the UV rays that filter through the windows. When you cover windows with sun protection curtains and UV filtering shades, you can eliminate this problem and protect your loved one from sun damage.

Routine Cancer Screenings

Your senior loved one can reduce the risk of skin cancer by receiving routine cancer screenings at the doctor’s office. This is particularly important for catching cancer in its early stages, but it also works as a preventative measure.

Home Care Assistance of Tracy makes senior health and wellness a priority, and if your elderly loved one is interested in other ways to maintain his or her wellbeing, we can help. Our dedicated caregivers can help your loved one with daily tasks like grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, and running errands or attending appointments. Give us a call today at (209) 650-8500 to learn more about our Tracy live-in home care or hourly care or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.