Downsizing to Empty Nest Adventures

Now that your nest is empty, you’ve made the big decision to sell the family house. The home was too big and the upkeep too time-consuming for just you and your spouse. You’re delighted to turn over the mowing, raking, and snow removal to a service or an HOA maintenance crew. Like many downsizers, you’ve likely made a tidy profit in the current real estate market and found a new home that better fits your changing lifestyle.

Whether you and your spouse chose a smaller home, townhouse, or condo in an active adult community, you now have more free time to pursue new goals and interests. You certainly aren’t ready to slow down to a sedentary lifestyle just because your kids are grown and flown. Now is the time for new adventures and fun challenges!

The Outdoors Awaits

There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you active, both physically and socially. Golf, tennis, boating, and hiking are just a few great choices to either start or hone your skills. Maybe trying water sports like canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding sound appealing to you. Other recreational events like baseball games and outdoor concerts can also be added to your calendar.

While many of these activities can help maintain your physical and mental health, they also involve considerable sun exposure. Maybe you don’t think you still need to be careful in the sun. But there are serious consequences beyond just a few more sun spots and wrinkles. Aside from a painful sunburn, cumulative UV damage is still a real threat to your skin and overall health, no matter your age. This means that your lifetime of sun exposure can still catch up with you. At least 20% of Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

That’s a big reason why sun protection is still important for middle-aged and older adults. In other words, just because you’re older doesn’t mean you are immune to the sun’s consequences. Sun protection is especially necessary for those with photosensitivity, a severe sun reaction that can be caused by chronic conditions or medications. Ask your health care provider if any of your prescriptions can make you photosensitive.

Planning Your Adventures

When you make plans for a fun outing, consider what sun protection you’ll need. Keep in mind that a single, sun-shielding measure can’t fully keep you safe from UV exposure. A successful sun-safe strategy includes using all five of these factors: sunscreen, clothing, hat, sunglasses, and shade.

  • Sunscreen: Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a UPF 30+ (but higher is better) and use it every day.
  • Clothing: Opt for long pants and long-sleeved tops. UV Skinz offers a full line of UPF 50+ apparel to meet your needs.
  • Hat: Choose a hat with a wide brim – the wider the better. A baseball cap offers only minimal coverage.
  • Sunglasses: Pick a pair of 100% UVA/UVB sunglasses. A wide, wraparound style offers the best coverage for your eyes and the delicate skin around them. • Shade: Seek shade under trees, an awning, or a UPF 50+ umbrella. It also helps to schedule your activities before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. whenever possible. This strategy allows you to skip the harshest UV rays.

Skin cancer is a risk at any age so a consistent, sun-smart strategy is still important when embarking on your new adventures and activities. UV Skinz offers safe, simple, and effective ways to help you make the most of them. Enjoy creating new memories!