Being able to soak up the sunshine is one of the major benefits of the season, but as we age, it’s important to enjoy the sun safely! We need vitamin D to help our bodies absorb calcium, but we only need to be outdoors for a short period of time to get enough of this crucial vitamin. Too much sun can lead to skin damage, eye damage, and it can even suppress your immune system. Here are some sun-safe tips for seniors to enjoy a summertime swim:
If you have blonde or red hair and lighter eyes, the chances are good that you will burn more easily than others. Invest in a strong sunscreen and reapply it often.
Some types of sunscreen have been specifically formulated to be water-resistant. If you are in an aquatic environment, be sure that you are wearing waterproof sunscreen so that the water doesn’t wash off this protective layer while you are splashing around.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all people - regardless of their skin tone - wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it's broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
If you are active and you are building up a sweat, it means your body is losing water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to up your water intake. Be aware of the risks of dehydration and drink water often.
Many pools across the country have wisely invested in a retractable roof from OpenAire. These establishments offer the best of both worlds:
At these pools, you can enjoy the sunshine and step into the shade if it gets too hot.
If you own or manage a retirement community, installing a retractable roof can solve many of the challenges related to enjoying the sun safely.
Need more information about retractable roofs? Then contact OpenAire today.