How to Reduce the Risk of Dry Skin for Seniors

As we age, our skin becomes dry and more fragile. According to Medscape, up to 75% of seniors live with dry, flaky skin, which is not only easily damaged (scratched, cut, or bruised), but it can also cause uncomfortable itching and possibly skin breakdown. The most common areas where dry skin occurs on seniors are the lower legs, elbows, and forearms. More worring for seniors who aren’t as mobile as they used to be is that dry skin can contribute to the development of pressure sores from their bed or chair. Dry skin is often due to the loss of sweat and oil glands--all a natural part of the aging process. But if you are concerned about you or your elderly loved one developing problems with

Issues Affecting Urinary Continence in Older Adults

We've all seen the ads on television about bladder problems and the challenges they present, especially to much older adults. Leaking bladders (or urinary incontinence) is an embarrassing problem for anyone of any age. But in older adults with thining and sensitive skin, it can cause skin breakdown where the urine stays in contact with the skin and subsequent challenges keeping the area clean and free of sores. It also causes extra housework (needing to wash the bed linens and clothes more frequently), and even causes social isolation for people who don’t want to chance leaving the house in case of an “accident.” But while urinary incontinence affects approximately 25 million Americans, th

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