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How to Stay Safe in the Sun

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It’s important for us all to consider sun safety, especially living in Southwest Florida. It is even more important for the young and older generations to be concerned about this. As we age, our skin becomes less and less robust, thereby becoming fragile and in need of extra care. If you are older, you have probably noticed that small bumps into the table lead to bruises. Whereas somebody younger likely doesn’t see this effect.

If you plan to head out into the sun, please take these precautions to stay safe!

Clothing
I know it’s hot out there by the beach, or out gardening, or going for a walk. But it’s important to ensure your clothing will protect your skin. Clothing is the best way to protect, as it can shield you from UV rays. Dry shirts are better than wet, darker colors are better than light. If you can, wear long sleeves and long pants, or a skirt, for maximum protection. If this is too much, wear a t-shirt or cover up.

Shade
If you plan to sit out at the beach, bring an umbrella, or seek a shady spot. The shade will not keep you completely protected, so you also need to have the proper clothes and sunscreen.

Sunscreen
Now that you have your shady spot, and some protective clothes, it’s time to lather on the sunscreen. Your sunscreen should be at least SPF 15. Even if it is cloudy, those rays can still get through to your skin. If you plan to be outside a few hours, you will need to reapply the sunscreen for maximum effect. It may also be good to find a lip balm with at least SPF 15 to protect your lips as well. Don’t forget any part of your skin, like the tops of your feet, areas around the bathing suit, neck, ears.
EPA- Sunscreen Facts

Hat
Many of us can forget to protect our heads during a day out in the sun. And not many of us want to put sunscreen on our scalps, which can get in our hair. Hats are a great way to shield your head, and neck and provide shade to your face. Try not to get a straw hat, as the holes will allow the sun’s rays to get through.

Sunglasses
You may think you can see just fine without them, but they’re important for protecting your eyes against UV rays. They also help reduce the risk of cataracts. Find sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.

Take the Sun Safety IQ quiz from the American Cancer Society to see how sun-safe you are.


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2014 Senior Collection Drive

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Spring is just around the corner, and that means it is once again time for the annual Senior Collection Drive here at Just Like Family, as we celebrate Senior Citizens Month!  During the months of May through June, we are collecting NEW items to distribute to Seniors in need in Southwest Florida.

Last year the drive was a huge success because of our friends and partners’ generosity and support.  We ask that you participate again this year by helping us collect as much as we can for our Seniors.

How can you help? By creating your own Senior Collection Drive.  We have marketing materials and boxes available.

 

Suggested Items include:

  • Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Facial Tissues
  • Throat Drops
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Softener Sheets
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towels
  • Household Cleaners
  • Sweaters for Men or Women
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Undershirts for Men
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Undershirts for Men
  • Socks
  • Greeting Cards
  • Stamps
  • Crossword Puzzle Books
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee
  • Canned Goods
  • Bottled Water
  • Ensure
  • Reading Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Knitting Supplies
  • Deck of Cards
  • Calendars

When your box is filled, simply phone us at (239) 431-6661, and we will pick up your collection.  Thank you in advance for your help and support, and we look forward to working with you in the coming months!

 

Sincerely,

Elisabeth & Jacob Nassberg
Just Like Family Home Care