Older adults and sun exposure

Everyone needs to have some sun exposure each day to produce enough vitamin D. To get enough vitamin D:

  • Fair-skinned people need about 15 minutes of sunlight each day.
  • Dark-skinned people need about 30 to 45 minutes each day.

Older adults who avoid the sun or use sunscreens may want to eat a variety of dairy products each day, or take daily vitamin D supplements to ensure they get adequate vitamin D.

Last Updated: December 21, 2009

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