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Keeping Elderly Skin Healthy

Skin care rules that we followed when we were young —  such as avoiding smoking, and using sunscreen and moisturizers —  are still important as we get older. However, as we age, our skin ages, as well, and starts to need special care.

Over the years, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. The protective layer of fat that lies just below it begins to disappear, causing us to bruise and our skin to tear more easily. In addition, medications commonly used by seniors, such as aspirin; corticosteroids, such as prednisone; and blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, and Eliquis, lead to thinning skin. Even the conditions that crop up more frequently as we get older,, like diabetes and circulation problems, can cause older skin to weaken.

For seniors, weakened skin leads to a greater likelihood of skin tears, which can lead to complications such as infection if they do not receive prompt and proper care.

The following tips for senior skin care can help prevent thinning skin from becoming a problem.

Protect the Most Vulnerable Areas of the Body

  • Most bruises and tears occur on the arms and lower legs, so it is a good idea to wear long sleeves and either long pants or knee-high socks.
  • People who are especially prone to bruises and skin tears should wear shin guards and padded arm guards.

Treat Skin with Care

Older skin is prone to dryness, which can make it itchy. Here’s how to keep it supple and prevent irritation and tearing.

  • Baths dehydrate skin. Take showers instead.
  • Use warm rather than hot water.
  • Unscented, pH balanced soaps minimize irritation.
  • Wiping your skin dry can lead to irritation. Pat it dry instead.
  • After washing, while skin is still moist, apply a thick moisturizing cream. The Mayo Clinic recommends Vanicream, CeraVe or Cetaphil.
  • When bandaging wounds, use bandages marked "for sensitive skin."

With proper care, senior skin can still be healthy skin.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we offer the very best of care in the most appropriate and patient-centered environment. This means maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.  

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

Judah

The Regency organization has become synonymous with the best in senior healthcare and has garnered a well deserved reputation for its unsurpassed commitment to its patients and residents.

The Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers and Facilities throughout New Jersey have achieved numerous industry ‘gold standard’ benchmarks and have received accolades from all corners of the HealthCare community.

Welcome to our website at www.RegencyNursing.com!

Warm Regards,

Judah

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