This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Managing dry and itchy conditions of ageing skin

Written by: | Published:

Old age does not come without its problems. Skin changes inevitably arise as the result of ageing,1 in addition to the more obvious mobility problems and diseases that are a part of growing older. There are currently 10 million people in the UK who are over 65 years of age, and 3 million over 80. There will be an estimated 15 million people over 65 by 2030 and 19 million by 2050.2 Therefore, those involved in the care of older people will need to recognise skin problems as they arise and know how to prevent or minimise their effects.

The skin serves as a protective barrier against outside injury, prevents loss of moisture from the body, regulates temperature, reduces the effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun and allows sensations of touch. These effects are achieved by the functions of cells within the three layers of the skin; the superficial epidermis, the dermis and underlying subcutaneous layer.3


Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.


What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.