It’s Summertime! Enjoy the Summer Sunshine - Safely
by Brandee Cowley, RN BSN, Apostolic Christian Skylines Home Care Services

There once was a time when people believed that a summer suntan was a sign of good health. Billboard ads for “tanning lotion” featured a playful puppy tugging at the swimsuit of a happy little girl. Especially in Central Illinois, gardening, picnics, swimming, and other outdoor activities with family and friends made summer a special time to be outdoors. No one worried very much about the effects of overexposure to the sun’s rays.

Today we know better. We know that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a known cause of skin cancers, with the most common types tending to occur on the parts of the body exposed to the sun.

The strength of the sun’s ultraviolet rays varies throughout the day, depending on the position of the sun in the sky. It increases from dawn until noon, when the sun is directly overhead, then decreases until sunset. The strength of UV rays is also affected by weather and atmospheric conditions. In Central Illinois in July, as few as ten minutes of exposure to ultraviolet rays of average strength can cause sunburn for a person who has a strong tendency to burn.  

Reducing the Risks of UV Exposure

Some straightforward options for increasing protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Observe as many as you can. And don’t stop at just one.

Get Outside and Enjoy Summer

With the right precautions, there is no reason not to enjoy the summer weather. You can make the most of the brief summer months and still take care of your health. Get out and explore the many attractions and activities that Peoria and the surrounding area have to offer.

In addition to driving and escorting their clients to medical appointments, shopping, etc. most home care agencies are also very willing to escort their clients to entertaining and informative events. Perhaps it’s an often-discussed but long postponed trip to the Peoria Zoo, the Luthy Botanical Garden or the Peoria RiverFront. Whatever it is, the warm weather will be gone all too soon; take advantage of it while it lasts – and be sure to do it safely.

AC Skylines Home Care provides in–home caregiving and nursing services. For more information and a no–charge consultation, call AC Skylines Home Care Services at (309) 689–5343 or send email to homecare@acskylines.org. Visit www.acskylineshomecare.org or Facebook.com/ACskylinesHomeCare.

Apostolic Christian Skylines’ continuing care retirement community offers senior living options that include nursing home care, memory care, assisted living, and independent living. For more information, call Apostolic Christian Skylines at (309) 683-2500 or send email to info@acskylines.org. Visit www.acskylines.org or Facebook.com/acskylines.