- Many seniors suffer from dry skin. This oftentimes occurs on the lower arms and legs as well as the elbows. Taking warm, not hot, baths or showers and the daily use of a moisturizer should improve dryness. There are many ointments, creams and lotions on the market, test several to find what you like best. If your skin is still very dry and itchy, consult with a doctor.
- Be mindful of time spent outside. The sun is typically brightest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and some might say to avoid being outside during these times. However, it’s perfectly fine to go outside, just wear sunscreen and protective clothing. Apparel like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs will block harmful rays.
- Regularly check your skin for changes and abnormalities. Keep an eye out for new moles, ones that have changed in shape, size or color, moles that bleed and other sores that do not heal. These may be warning signs of something more serious, and it’s recommended to consult with a doctor for further examination.
- Keep an eye out for bruising. Since there is a gradual loss of fat and connective tissue as we get older, the blood vessels are not supported as well and are more susceptible to injury. The skin is also thinner and more fragile so it’s prone to bruise easily. Seniors typically see an increase in bruises on their arms and legs. Some health conditions and medications can cause bruising, but if bruising occurs on areas always covered by clothing, check with a doctor.
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