Elderly Skin Bruising: What May Be Going On


The line between “normal aging” and “make an appointment with a doctor” can be hard to determine for caregivers, professional and non-professional alike. Such discernment often comes with experience or medical knowledge—two things that most family caregivers do not have when they begin this process.

One concerning side effect of aging is becoming easily bruised, and this can leave caregivers unsure of how to proceed. The concerns are clear: “Is my loved one okay with all this bruising?” “Is he falling or getting injured somehow when I cannot see?” “Is someone harming her without my knowledge?” “Is my loved one in pain from all this bruising?” “Is there anything I can do to prevent these disturbing bruises?”

Here is some guidance about bruising on aging skin and how to navigate these troubled waters.