SKIN HEALTH IN THE ELDERLY: A Focus on Long Term Care (MARSI, SKIN TEARS, MASD) WORKSHOP

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Time

Wound

1100 - 1230

EDT

 

Abstract/Description

The skin is the human body’s largest organ, and its care begins to become more complicated with age. As we age, the skin can become weaker and more susceptible to bruising, dryness, itchiness and infection. Skin changes can begin to develop from chronic UV exposure. When it comes to senior care, the maintenance of skin health is an important aspect as the skin heals more slowly with age. Trauma, pressure injuries or bed sores due to immobility, reduced sensation, incontinence, poor nutrition and the inability to provide selfcare are the most detrimental risk factors for aging skin. This presentation examines the skin barrier function, skin changes associated with the aging process, and the assessment and management of the most common skins risks for elderly people.

 

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