Preventing Sunburn in the Snow

When you think about typical places where you might get sun burn, you might imagine a trip to the beach, a baseball game, or some other outdoor activity in the summer. In short, you’re probably not thinking about soaking in too much sun during the winter. However, you probably should.

Image of winter sun protection. Learn more about sunburn in winter.

The Effects of Heat in Older Adults

Extreme heat can pose a problem for anyone, but senior citizens are especially at risk. As people get older, their natural defenses begin to break down, leaving people age 65 and older more likely to develop heat stress. That means that older adults need to be careful during warm months and watch out for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Evan Rae explains why people over the age of 65 need to be especially careful to avoid heat stroke during the warm summer months. Image of an older woman smiling. Learn more about how heat affects older adults.

Cold Weather Health Tips for Seniors

As the winter in Northeast Ohio settles in, negative temperatures can become a frequent occurrence. But wintry weather is always a threat, especially for senior citizens.

Elderly individuals can face a number of issues during cold weather, so make sure to follow these tips – or pass them along to someone you may know – to keep safe while there’s still a nip in the air.

Seniors shouldn’t feel trapped by the cold weather. These tips can help them stay healthy and happy in chillier times.


Preparing for American Diabetes Month

Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes, which Is why American Diabetes Month is an important time to help raise awareness of the disease. 

The American Diabetes Association celebrates its 75th anniversary this year after decades of spreading awareness of one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. In 2015, the organization is focusing on a theme of “Eat Well, America” to spread the world about how healthy food can help make for a better future.

Healthy choices for American Diabetes Month


Sunscreen: What to Buy & What to Avoid

Are your kids heading out to play with friends? Or are you going on a vacation to the beach? Both of these situations require proper sun protection.

Since July is UV Safety month, we wanted to share some advice about sunscreen, how it works, and what to look for when you’re buying the next bottle for your family. 

July is national UV safety month. Westshore provides sunscreen tips to help prevent skin cancer. Learn more. Image of bottles of sunscreen licensed under CC BY 2.0

Remember: Always take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day! 

Who Should Wear Sunscreen?

People of all skin colors can get skin cancer from the sun’s UV rays. But you are more likely to develop cancer from UV rays if you have

  • Lighter natural skin color
  • Skin that burns, freckles, gets red easily, or becomes painful from the sun
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A job where you spend a lot of time outdoors

How Sunscreen Works

The FDA shared this video a few years ago, but the information is still relevant. Remember to follow the application instructions on the bottle, because sunscreen wears off.