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Aging and Thinning Skin

Is your skin becoming thinner as you age? Thin skin is a natural part of getting older, alongside wrinkles, less skin elasticity, and skin that is dry or easily damaged. While thinning skin is not reversible, there is help for thinning skin!
  • Moisturize your skin! It can make skin more flexible and less likely to break.
  • Drinking enough water helps keep the skin hydrated. Dry skin can be irritated or damaged more easily and is often less flexible.
  • Avoid anything that makes your skin red or sore. Protect yourself from the sun! You will burn more easily as your skin ages. Also, take care to avoid harsh chemicals that could damage your skin.
  • Wear long sleeves, gloves, and long skirts or trousers to help avoid bruises or tears.
  • Eat a balanced diet to help support overall health. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. Vitamin E, found in foods such as almonds and avocados, can also support skin health. The fats in these foods may help to keep the skin supple.
  • Using creams that contain vitamin A, also known as retinol or retinoids, may help to prevent skin from thinning further. Your doctor can prescribe this medication or there are some over the counter products you can use. As with any medication, make sure you follow the instructions and talk to your doctor if you experience problems.
There is usually no need to see a doctor for thin skin that is caused by aging and is not presenting any health problems. If you find you are bruising or damaging your skin often, you may wish to seek medical advice.
Since specific treatment is not available for thin skin, prevention is the best option. Protecting your skin from sunlight and keeping your skin hydrated may help prevent further thinning of the skin.
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Hearing loss – you are not alone!

Are you experiencing some of these signs of hearing loss? At age 65, one in three people have hearing loss!

  • Sounds are loud but not clear, people may seem to be mumbling or talking too quickly.
  • You have trouble hearing when there is noise around you, like in a restaurant.
  • People you live with tell you the television is “too loud” or that you speak too loudly or softly.
  • You avoid social situations. They make you anxious or tired because you cannot understand.
  • Others notice you seem confused, depressed or your personality has changed. Because hearing loss is invisible, we notice effects but don’t always think that hearing loss could be the cause.

If you suspect hearing loss, what should you do? First, see your family physician to check for wax in ear canals, infection or some other treatable condition.  If that is not successful, arrange for a hearing test with an audiologist.

Audiologists, while not medical doctors, have a specialized graduate degree and training to evaluate hearing loss, fit hearing aids and help individuals with hearing loss.

If you need a hearing aid, do your research. Hearing aids can be a difficult product to buy and they can be expensive. It may take some time to be properly fitted and comfortable with a device so be patient.

We’ve put together some reputable resources for you about hearing loss.

AARP’s Hearing Center has a range of information, including a free telephone hearing test for AARP members and tips on how to pick the best hearing device for you. https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/hearing-resource-center/

Consumer Reports Hearing Aid Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide/index.htm

The Hearing Loss Association of America, an organization representing people with hearing loss. http://www.hearingloss.org/content/understanding-hearing-loss