While skin aging is a natural part of growing old, there are factors that can speed up the skin’s aging process and make it look older prematurely. They include smoking, too much sun exposure and alcohol. Some illnesses and some medications can also age the skin. Not everyone will have the same amount of skin aging at the same rate, but eventually older skin loses collagen and becomes thin. It loses some of its strength, resiliency and tends to wrinkle.
Some people develop a skin problem called psoriasis. This is a very irritating and painful condition that leads to dry, cracked and thickened skin. If your elderly parent suffers from psoriasis, she should see the doctor to get a treatment and to make sure other medications she is taking are not making the psoriasis worse.
Your parent’s senior care services provider can help you by making sure the psoriasis is being treated with medicated cream and by reminding your parent to take her medications on time.
The senior’s skin should be examined and moisturized regularly to avoid problems getting worse. All bumps and scrapes should be monitored to make sure she doesn’t develop a psoriatic lesion.
Psoriasis affects quality of life. Some people consider it so unsightly they don’t want to be seen in public. The pain and itchiness can also be unbearable. Stress may also be a factor in triggering episodes of psoriasis. The elderly person should know they are not along. Every year there is an increase in numbers of elderly people who require psoriasis treatment and management.
Questions about psoriasis and how it will change with age or affect your elderly loved one should be brought to her doctor or healthcare provider.
Research shows that a healthy diet contributes toward healthy skin. Foods that are good for healthy skin should be on her plate every day. Vitamin A is essential for the skin, so that’s first on the list. Low-fat dairy products, carrots, yogurt are all helpful. Next on the list are blackberries, blueberries, plums and strawberries.
It shows when a person starves their skin by not eating the foods that bring nutrients to the skin.
The very colorful foods that are high in antioxidants are good choices for skin. Next in line are the high quality essential fats found in salmon, olive oil, walnuts and flax seed. Skin cells need essential fatty acids for healthy membranes.
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