Skin Care for the Elderly Articles

  • Bathing & Hygiene Tips: Caring for a Senior’s Aging Skin

    Seniors have thinner, more delicate skin, and incontinence and a sedentary lifestyle can easily lead to skin breakdown. Experienced caregivers’ offer their best suggestions for maintaining skin integrity and health.

  • Scabies: A Common Skin Condition in Long-Term Care Facilities

    Scabies is a common skin condition in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living communities. The resulting rash can be extremely uncomfortable, and may take multiple rounds of treatment to get rid of the parasites.

  • Compulsive Skin Picking in the Elderly

    Seniors who refuse to stop picking at their skin can create open wounds, infection, and scarring. There may not be an obvious reason or cure for this behavior, but there are underlying triggers that can be addressed.

  • The Skinny on Skin Problems

    Treatments for dry skin, bruising, bed sores and other skin conditions that are common among elderly people.

  • Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Senior Health Problems

    The condition of a senior’s fingernails can indicate the presence of medical issues like heart disease, thyroid issues and malnutrition, which can be especially serious in elderly individuals.

  • Caregiver Tips to Prevent and Heal Bed Sores

    Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are a painful and potentially very serious medical condition. Family caregivers offer their best tips for caring for a senior who is experiencing bed sores.

  • Caring for a Loved One with Fecal Incontinence

    Millions of adults have bowel control problems, but most are reluctant to talk about this condition and seek help. Get the information you need to start the discussion, explore treatment options and help your loved one improve their quality of life.

  • What Every Caregiver Should Know About Bed Sores

    Although pressure ulcers, aka bedsores, are often considered to be a sign of poor care or neglect, these painful wounds can happen to any senior. Prevention and early detection are crucial for keeping an elder's skin healthy.

  • The Truth About “Old-People Smell”

    Many people believe that the odor that sometimes permeates seniors’ homes and elder care facilities is a result of poor hygiene, but it is actually a natural part of aging.

  • Shingles: A Painful Skin Condition

    Advanced age and a compromised immune system can make seniors more susceptible to shingles, a disease that affects the nerves and causes a painful, blistering skin rash.

  • How to Alleviate Physical Pain at the End of Life

    Making a person who is dying more comfortable and alleviating physical pain is an important priority for family caregivers. Physical comfort and pain management should be the focus of providing end of life care.

  • Protecting Senior Skin from Winter Weather Damage

    The bitter cold and blistering winds of winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Use these six tips to enhance your skin care regimen and prevent dryness, cracking and eczema.

  • Protecting Senior Skin from the Summer Sun

    Everyone wants and needs a little sunshine, but the sun's rays can be damaging to an elderly person's skin. Dermatologist Arielle Kauvar talks about ways to protect senior skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays using sunscreen, sun protective clothing, sunglasses and other methods.

  • Diabetes and Skin Care

    Diabetes can harm the skin in two ways: through fluid loss and nerve damage.

  • Diabetes and Foot Care

    The combination of nerve damage and poor circulation can cause serious foot problems for diabetics. Learn proper foot care techniques and tips for talking to your doctor that will help you put your best foot forward.

  • Senior Foot Health: Top Tips from Family Caregivers

    One of the last things on a family caregiver’s mind is the health of their loved one’s feet. However, the condition of a senior’s feet can indicate a great deal about their overall wellbeing. Get tips from seasoned caregivers on where to get foot care, how to tackle some of these tasks yourself, where to buy shoes for hard-to-fit feet, and much more.

  • Winter Top Tips: How to Keep Seniors Happy, Healthy and Warm

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ suggestions for keeping a loved one cozy, content and clean in spite of cold winter weather.

  • Ways to Remove Skin Tags

    Skin tags are a common skin problem for older adults. Removing skin tags with surgery is a simple procedure that can be performed by a dermatologist.

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