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Sun Safety Tips for Seniors

Did you get a little too much sun last weekend? July 3 is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Older adults face a unique set of challenges when it comes to sun exposure and dehydration.  

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 18% of older adults opt out of using any form of sun protection. Interestingly, there’s a gender split with the older adults who do choose to use sun protection with older men opting for wearing clothes that fully cover their body and older women opting to use sunscreenSunscreen use was popular with men and women

How to best protect yourself from the sun 

Older Adults and Dehydration 

According to the Mayo Clinic, older adults have less water in their bodies and are more likely to have health conditions or take medications that put them at a greater risk for dehydration. Older adults may also have difficulty obtaining water if they’re thirsty due to mobility issues. Individuals with cognitive impairment (e.g., dementia) may not remember to drink water.  

Signs of Dehydration (* = specific to older adults) 

Avoiding dehydration 

Stay safe out there! 

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