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By Team Trilogy |
The sun is shining, and the great outdoors is calling. Here are some tips for how to enjoy this wonderful weather without suffering any consequences!
Protect Your Skin!
Skin changes with age, and it is increasingly important to protect your skin as you  grow older. Limiting sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. is recommended due to the high levels of ultraviolet rays during this time. Even if the sun isn’t shining very brightly, caution should still be taken, as the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate the clouds.
Wear sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor, of at least 30 with “broad spectrum” on the label, meaning that it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. If swimming or sweating, it is suggested to reapply more often.
When spending time in the sun, wear a wide-brim hat that protects sensitive areas that burn easily such as the neck, ears, eyes, and scalp. Sunglasses that block 99-100% of the sun’s rays are recommended as well. Cover as much skin as possible with loose, lightweight clothing.
For more information about skin care and aging, check out what the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Cancer Institute have to say! You can also check out this helpful infographic from the CDC!

Stay Hydrated!
One of the biggest risks associated with time spent in overly warm conditions is dehydration; a potentially life-threatening condition that can easily be avoided. Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration: dry and cracking lips, a sticky mouth, strong smelling and/or dark colored urine, bad breath, pain during urination, headache or dizziness, just to name a few. These are especially important to notice if you are spending time outside with an elderly loved one.

When spending a great deal of time outdoors, it’s important to consume enough liquids. If guzzling water isn’t your forte, try these inventive ways to keep yourself and/or a loved one properly hydrated.
  • Drink sweeter drinks such as juice or juice mixes.
  • Munch on fruits and vegetables high in liquid content such as grapes, watermelon, pineapple, and celery.
  • Eat Popsicles. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it’s a great way to stay cool.
  • After time spent outside, have soup for lunch or a Jell-O snack to help rehydrate your body.
It may seem that staying hydrated is a simple task, but it becomes more difficult as we age. So, take the proper precautions so you can enjoy time spent outdoors!