Report: many skin conditions in older people can be prevented

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

As many as 70% of the UK¹s elderly population are suffering from skin diseases, many of which are entirely preventable, according to a report of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Skin (APGS). The report says that, although the majority of skin conditions affecting people over 60 are treatable, poor access to treatment and information remains a major cause of health inequality among these patients. Other key issues identified by the enquiry include a lack of sensitivity to the needs and problems of elderly people, lack of training of healthcare professionals involved in their care, and the need to reduce the stigma often felt by elderly patients about their skin condition, which results in a reluctance by many to seek medical help. The APGS also calls for the Department of Health to make funding available for sustained national television and radio campaigns aimed at reducing the incidence of skin disorders in elderly people. The Skin Care Campaign (SCC) welcomes the report, and recognises that skin health

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