When the sun and warm weather comes along after a long winter, some people can’t wait to lay outside and start working on their tan. However, the hype over that big burning ball of gas is more than just a superficial beauty fad. Getting enough sunlight can have a dramatic effect on your health, especially for elderly people.
According to The Vitamin D Council, the main benefit in sunlight—vitamin D—helps muscles move, keeps bones strong and healthy, maintains cardiovascular function, carries messages through the nervous system and even helps our bodies fight infection.
On the other end of the spectrum, vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to some serious conditions including Alzheimer’s, Chohn’s, high blood pressure, asthma, depression and cancer. It can also cause bones to become thin and brittle, which could lead to severe breaks for senior citizens.
At Akash Brahmbhatt’s Texas assisted living homes, he makes sure his residents spend a healthy amount of time in the sun.
During the afternoon, staff members are available to assist seniors in getting outdoors and soaking up the rays. The large facility of Silver Hills, located in Montgomery, offers 5.5 acres of land for residents to roam and enjoy during peak daylight hours.
Outdoor seating can be provided on the large lawn or on the patio with rocking chairs. Tenants can often be found sitting under one of the many large trees on the premise, enjoying a picnic with their loved ones.
Residents have the option to make more out their time in the sun by volunteering in the garden. They can help by pruning roses, watering plants and pulling weeds.
Staff members are vigilant of the amount of time seniors spend in the sun. According to Daily Local, as we get older, our skin gets thinner and loses the pigmentation that helps protect our skin from sunburn. Owner Akash Brahmbhatt and his staff keep an eye on residents and encourage them to wear hats and sunglasses, as well as apply sunscreen throughout the afternoon.
For Akash Brahmbhatt and his residents, spending time outdoors is a part of their lifestyle and just another way that Silver Hills keeps seniors happy and healthy.