National Hair Loss Awareness Month is a time set aside to raise awareness of the realities of hair loss. Here are five facts you should know about hair loss in older adults.
When it comes to hair loss in adults aged 65 or older, 53% of men are affected while 37% of women experience it. With either gender, it can impact self-confidence.
Hair loss on the scalp is usually the easiest to see, but hair loss can also happen with nose hairs, eyebrows, and the hair on the legs. Sometimes, it’s caused by friction from wearing things like socks or pants that rub on the calves all day.
Androgenetic alopecia, erosive pustular dermatosis, frontal fibrosing alopecia, and senile alopecia are the leading causes of hair loss in older adults. What does each of those mean?
Lacking some nutrients, including iron and zinc, can cause you to shed hair faster than normal. Most people lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. If you’re experiencing certain types of nutritional deficiencies, it can make this worse. A healthy diet can help protect your scalp and hair health.
Science continues to advance, so there are several options to help restore hair growth or prevent additional loss. Topical lotions, prescription medications, corticosteroid injections, and laser treatments are all options.
Your mom’s hair care routine can help with the hair loss she’s experiencing. She needs to carefully wash her hair and scalp using gentle products and conditioning after she shampoos. If she’s finding it hard to reach up and properly wash her hair and scalp, personal care at home services can help.
Arrange personal care at home to ensure your mom is washing her hair without pulling or scrubbing too harshly. Instead of using heat to dry it, air drying is best. Leave-in conditioners also help.