As we age our skin becomes thinner and we often lose the protective fatty layer of our skin. This means older people are more susceptible to bruising as their capillaries are fragile and have a higher chance of rupturing.
Bruises can be caused by exposure to the sun, certain medications, corticosteroids or even the smallest bump. The most common areas for your loved one to experience bruises are on their arms and lower legs.
Here is some advice on how to reduce your loved one’s chances of bruising easily.
- Use arm and leg protectors, they are similar to a sock and provide an extra layer of cushioning for the skin.
- Remove furniture that your loved one may bump into and place plastic caps over any furniture with sharp edges.
- Encourage your loved one to wear long sleeve clothing to add an extra layer of protection to their skin.
- Limit your loved one’s exposure to the sun and keep their skin hydrated.
If your loved one does develop a bruise apply a cold compress to the affected area to relieve discomfort and swelling.
You should speak to a doctor if your loved one experiences regular bruising for no apparent reason.