Aging skin has some special needs. It tends to be drier and thinner than younger skin, which can leave your elderly family member’s skin open to injury or damage.
Take Safety Precautions When Outside
Use sunscreen that is appropriate for your elderly family member’s skin before going outside or make sure that her skin isn’t exposed. Long sleeves, long pants, and hats can all be helpful in keeping your aging family member’s sun exposure to a minimum. This is especially important if your senior or other family members have a history of skin cancer. Make sure that senior care providers and other family members know where to find the sunscreen so that they can help your aging family member put it on.
Increase Fluid Intake
Being properly hydrated is especially important for your elderly family member’s skin. Without enough water, the skin loses elasticity and becomes much more susceptible to damage. Talk to your aging adult’s doctor to determine exactly how much water each day is right for her. If she hates drinking water, remember that there are other options that are hydrating. Herbal tea can be one of the most pleasant options, particularly if your elderly family member can avoid adding a lot of sugar.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot showers might be heavenly still for your elderly family member, but they can be extremely damaging to her skin. Bumping the temperature down even a little bit can make a big difference. Make sure that your elderly family member has access to mild soaps and a moisturizer that protects her skin.
Reduce or Quit Smoking
Smoking dehydrates your aging adult’s skin and makes it appear and react as if it were older than it is. Your elderly family member might need to quit smoking for a variety of health reasons, but improving her skin’s condition might be the reward that helps to get her on board. Even cutting back a little bit can help, so work with your aging family member to figure out how to help her cut back or quit.
Make sure that you talk with your elderly family member’s doctor right away if you notice that she’s bruising much more readily or if you’re noticing that she has wounds that aren’t healing well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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