Important Hair Care Tips for Older Adults

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Good hair grooming is necessary for seniors to boost their self-esteem and self-confidence. However, as seniors age, they may not be able to properly care for their hair as they did when they were younger. They will need to simplify the process without compromising the hair’s appearance. Here are some simple but important hair care tips for your elderly loved one. 

Use the Right Shampoo

As your loved one ages, his or her hair will lose its pigment and appear to be dingy and unkempt. This happens because the lack of hair pigment clearly shows all the foreign material the hair has collected over time. Pollutants such as water, air, and smoke also contribute to yellowing hair. To remove the yellow tone, your loved one should use a deep-cleansing shampoo made with a blue or violet color.

Seniors who need assistance with bathing, shampooing, or other daily tasks should consider hiring professional caregivers. Lincoln home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.  

Eat Healthy Foods 

Many factors contributing to healthy hair cannot be changed, such as genetics, age, and hormones. However, your loved one can change his or her diet to grow stronger hair. There are a variety of foods that provide hair with the vitamin C, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and B12 it needs. Foods that contain these ingredients promote healthy hair and reduce the risk of hair loss. 

To maintain healthy hair, here are some of the foods your loved one can include in his or her diet:

  • Almond butter
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Tangerines 

Get Regular Haircuts 

It is easier to maintain shorter hair in the senior years. Many seniors have difficulty standing in the shower independently, and washing the hair becomes challenging for them. However, seniors will need to wash their hair regularly to keep it clean and oil-free. Seniors can even wash and style their hair once a week because they are less active compared to younger adults and they do not perspire as much. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Lincoln families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Use Volumizing Products

Volumizing shampoos and conditioners can help your loved one address thinning hair. Make sure your loved one avoids using heavier products like mousse and hair gels, as these products can expose the scalp. The main objective of using volumizing products is to hide the thinning hair, which could make your loved one feel more confident.

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Lincoln live-in home care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life. To hire a dedicated caregiver for your aging loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 916.226.3737 today.

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