Caring for Your Aging Parent’s Skin

As people age, their skin goes through a number of changes. It loses pigment-containing cells responsible for producing skin tone. Changes in the production of collagen and elastin reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. It becomes thinner, dryer and more prone to wrinkles. As blood vessels become increasingly fragile, frequent bruising results. Wounds heal slower and pressure sores may develop anywhere on the body. According to Medline Plus, “More than 90 percent of all older people have some type of skin disorder.”

Caregiver in Matthews NC: Skin Care

Caregiver in Matthews NC: Skin Care

Skin disorders can be due to the following diseases: diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart and liver disease, reaction to medications, nutritional deficiencies, stress and obesity.

How to Help

As a family caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed at the number of changes your aging parent is going through. Fortunately, caring for your loved one’s skin is not rocket science. There are a few easy to incorporate changes you can help your loved one undertake that can make a big difference in how they feel and appear.

  • Dehydration is an important consideration for seniors. It affects not only the health of their skin, but the rest of their body as well. Help them stay hydrated by keeping a glass of water by their side. For those that have never liked the taste of water, consider getting a pitcher that has a container in the middle designed for fruits and vegetables in order to make flavored water. Good combinations include citrus fruits, cucumbers and mint, and berries. Flavored teas are also a good addition to your loved one’s diet as well as foods high in water content such as watermelon and celery. Bringing in a humidifier can bring moisture to dry air.
  • Moisturizers can soothe itchy, dry skin. Fragrance-free creams are usually recommended. Those containing hyaluronic acid and glycerin help attract water. Be sure that your loved one applies a lotion with sunscreen protection before going outside for long periods.

What to Look for

Over one million Americans every year, by the age of 65, will develop skin cancer. For this reason, it’s important to make a yearly appointment for your parent with a dermatologist. Signs to look for include sores that don’t heal and changes in existing skin blemishes such as moles. Bedsores are also fairly common among the elderly and can be prevented by frequent re-positioning.

If you or someone you know needs caregiver services in Matthews, NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

 

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/elderly-skin-conditions#1

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004014.htm

 

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.
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