The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 This Week's Paper
Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is sponsoring “The Sun and Your Skin: What the Sun Can Do,” a special workshop to help lay out the truth about the consequences of exposure to the sun, potential short and long term harm, and things people can do to prevent skin damage.

The workshop will be repeated four times at four different locations:

• June 17 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S 35th Street in Tacoma

• June 17 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Summit Branch Library, 5107 112th St E. in Tacoma

• June 19 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. County-City Building Rainier Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave S, 7th Floor in Tacoma

• June 19 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sound View Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma

“After months of clouds and rain, people in the Northwest can’t wait to enjoy the sunshine,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “But it’s easy to go overboard and, in a very short time, cause serious damage. Knowing how to avoid harmful overexposure is important for everyone.”

“The Sun and Your Skin: What the Sun Can Do” will be presented by Cascade Eye and Skin Centers and the Pierce county Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop will offer the best information science can provide and show ways that people can prevent potential damage as well as what to look for as potential problem signs. Additional community resources will also be provided.

The workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.