photo of wounded hand of an older adult

It is very important that health care providers understand that aging skin is more susceptible to skin infection and skin disease due to the changes that take place as aging occurs.

Skin becomes thinner, dryer and it injures easier and heals more slowly. As a result, older adults are prone to skin problems ranging from itching, scaling and mild dryness to grave skin conditions such as infection and ulcerations.

A severe skin infection or non-healing wound in older individuals is serious. This overview provides basic information about skin and skin integrity as well as skin injury.