Foy White-Chu, MD, Geriatric Fellow, Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.
Madhuri Reddy, MD, MSc, Department of Medicine, Director of the Chronic Wound Healing Program, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center; Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; Director, Wound Healing Clinic, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA, USA.
The skin of older adults undergoes intrinsic aging and is susceptible to multiple ailments. Both comorbidities and environmental issues increase the risk for particular skin diseases among older adults who live in long-term care facilities. This article looks at four common skin conditions frequently found among older adults living in long-term care facilities, and reviews methods of treatment and prevention.
Key words: skin, wound, skin tear, scabies, incontinence dermatitis.