The value of sunshine cannot be overstated. There are many great benefits of sunshine for you or your elderly loved one. Time spent in the sun can help with many conditions that can occur during the natural aging process and lifestyle changes. At BeeHive Homes of Texas, we plan social gatherings and activities that allow our assisted living residents to get out and enjoy time in the sun.
Tips for getting better sunshine
- Getting twenty-to-thirty minutes per day of outdoor activity is recommended for the elderly. This helps with the processing and release of serotonin, also known as the “happy chemical.” During the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can set in, which is known to reduce as the months get warmer. Symptoms may include feeling sluggish, sad most of the day, difficulty concentrating, and weight gain.
- It’s common to develop a vitamin D deficiency as we get older. Natural vitamin D is very different than supplemental vitamin D. Regular daily sun exposure is known to improve your life and reduce diseases such as depression, osteoporosis, hypertension, and diabetes.
- Sun exposure also helps with sleep quality. Sunlight causes a boost during the night where melatonin, “the sleep hormone,” helps with sleep patterns and mood. Our “natural clock” is meant for us to have sunlight in the day and darkness at night.
Studies have found that many elderly living in institutional settings do not get the amount of sunshine that they need. Our small-group assisted living homes are designed with outdoor space and we encourage residents to spend some time outside.
It’s important to use a quality sunscreen, sunglasses, and wide-brim hats to reduce the chance of heat stroke, skin cancer, and superficial burns. Our BeeHive Homes offer many common spaces that ensure you are safe whether you are enjoying the sun inside or outdoors. We hope you will embrace the sun, in moderation, with your elderly loved ones!