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What Are Some Skin Issues Common Among Seniors? 

August 31st, 2018

By: Jack Nicol

Keeping your aging parent healthy is not just about helping them to manage their health issues, such as heart disease, arthritis, or mobility problems. Being an effective family caregiver also means helping your parent to take care of their body and their overall well-being, managing issues that can be uncomfortable on their own, and also lead to further problems. This includes skin issues. Elderly skin tends to be more vulnerable than that of younger people, meaning it is susceptible to issues and problems. Knowing some of the most common of these problems can make it easier for you to help your parent care for their skin to prevent issues, or to manage them effectively should they occur.

Some skin issues common among elderly adults include:

  • Very dry skin. One of the most common issues among elderly adults is dry skin. As skin ages, it holds less water. Oil glands also become less effective, not providing the lubrication the skin needs to stay soft. Dry skin can be very itchy, and also fragile, potentially leading to injuries and making your senior vulnerable to infection.
  • Skin cancer. The most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, skin cancer is particularly prevalent form of cancer throughout the United States. This is especially true among those who spent a considerable amount of time in the sun when they were younger.
  • Pressure ulcers. Frequently referred to as bedsores, these are painful and potentially serious wounds caused by pressure on specific areas of the body when a person sits or lies in the same position for extended periods of time. Those who have problems with their circulation are more likely to experience these, and may not be as aware of them due to less pain response. These can quickly become infected, putting your senior's health, and even life, at risk.

Being an effective caregiver for an aging adult is multifaceted. You want to address their physical health and safety needs, but it is also critical to manage their mental and emotional well-being as well. Starting senior care for them can be a fantastic way to pursue this goal. A senior home care services provider can step in on a completely customized schedule to give your senior support, assistance, and care that is right for them. The set of services provided to your parent are completely personalized to them, allowing them to manage their needs effectively, encourage more activity and independence, and support their health and well-being as a whole individual. As their family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing your parent is able to enjoy this quality of life while you manage other aspects of your life as well. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in North Palm Beach, FL, contact the caring staff at BrightStar Care of Jupiter. Call today (561) 741-1200.