Skin Issues for Seniors

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There are many skin conditions that plague not only young adults, but also people at various stages in their lives – people in their thirties, forties and all the way up to seniors.

wrinklesAs people age, their skin loses its elasticity, and wrinkles all over the face are really common. In fact, wrinkles are one of the biggest tell-tale signs of a person’s age. And unlike gray hair, which can be colored relatively easily, wrinkles on the face are difficult to hide. Makeup can help a bit, or a lot, depending on how good you are at it and what kind you use. More aggressive measures like Botox injections are becoming increasingly common, but these come with their own set of problems. And finally of course, there are the nip and tuck type surgical options. But perhaps the best option of all is to simply treat wrinkles as signs of experience, and laugh-lines as indications of a happy life lived well!

Another common issue that often bothers seniors in particular is warts. Although this issue is by no means limited to seniors, we often come across elderly people with a number of warts. They can range in size from quite small to relatively large. These should always be checked out by a doctor to see if these are dangerous in any way, and if they need to be removed.

 

Age spots are also common in the elderly. These are brownish areas, and they typically show up on parts of the body like the hands or face that are exposed often to the sun.

Other issues such as keratitis, comedones, hyper and hypo pigmentation, and so on, also bother adults through various stages of their lives. But with proper care and treatment, most of these problems can be managed.

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How to Take Care of Older People

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Giving attention to your elderly is very important for them and for the remaining years they have left. The young people in society must keep them in mind – after all, before we know it, we will be in their shoes!

Here are a few suggestions about what you can do to make your old folks feel good and to let them know that you care:

Calling and Meeting them Frequently

Many of us are separated from grandparents or even our parents as we work away from home and in many cases have our own family already. So one easy thing you can do do keep in touch with them is to call them frequently. You know how much they love to hear your voice and hear your stories. If you don’t have much time, call for just a minute or two – that is far better than not calling for long periods of time. And if you do have some spare time – say even when you are standing in a line somewhere – don’t just call for a minute or two, but call and have a long chat. The longer the conversation the better! Ask them how they are doing and tell them stories about what is happening in your life.

Time permitting, visit them in person and spend some time with them. When you do go to visit, take something small with you – maybe just some food they love, or some other thoughtful gift like picture throws.

The important part is for them to know that you care. Let them know that you think of them even through your busy and tight work schedules.

Making sure they Stay Active

If at all possible, make sure your dear ones stay active.  Make sure they join some health club, if their health permits, where they can join some fitness classes specifically directed at seniors.  If they stay active, that is very good for their health.

Think about other activities that will get up and moving around. They can go fishing, walk with their dogs or engage in gardening. These are just a few examples, but obviously there are many other similar activities you will be able to come up with, based on specific interests.

Making sure they feel Useful

This is a very important aspect of being happy when growing old. Sometimes seniors feel like they are useless or unwanted and a burden. Providing seniors with some tasks where they feel like they are making a difference is key. Maybe they can teach young kids some simple math. Maybe they do some social service for those more in need than they are. Feeling wanted and valuable is important at every stage in life.

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Staying Busy for Oldies

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Seniors aged 65 should stay active and make themselves busy. It is very good for their health to be active and to strengthen their body. In addition, for mental strength and peace, it is very important for them to stay busy and engaged. Getting old is not easy, and we should do what we can to make that process easier, and to ensure that seniors live as happy, healthy and active a life as possible.

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