Oct 17, 2018 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
How Does the Skin Change?
As they say, the one thing you can count on in life is change. That certainly applies to our skin as we begin to age. Years of exposure from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light diminishes the skin’s elasticity, while the natural thinning of the epidermis (surface layer) causes the skin to have a more transparent appearance. Dry, itchy skin and wrinkles are also quite common. These changes and others can affect the skin, even more, depending on environmental and lifestyle factors, as well as health conditions such as kidney disease and diabetes.
While these changes may not seem like cause for alarm, they can allow seniors to become much more susceptible to certain skin infections and diseases. A bacterial infection or parasitic infestation can lead to serious harm and may even be life-threatening if not treated properly. Fortunately, there are a number of tips senior clients can follow to help protect and improve their skin.
Senior Skin Care Tips
Comfort Keepers®Can Help
Our skin is technically considered our largest organ, and yet we don’t always give it the attention and care it deserves. Doing so is crucial as we get older, and it may even help reduce our risk of serious illness and death. At Comfort Keepers®, our job is to help senior clients live as comfortably and safely as possible – and to that end, our trusted caregivers will help them follow the best practices above. We can also provide transportation to and from any scheduled dermatology appointments, or other locations.
For more information about how we can help senior clients, contact your local Comfort Keepers location today.
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American Academy of Dermatology. “How to care for your skin in your 60s and 70s.” Web. 2018.
Melanoma Research Foundation. “The ABCDEs of Melanoma.” Web. 2018.