Because of their thinned skin and weakened blood vessels, bruising in seniors is more common than you think. However, this may be a cause for concern in some cases. To help you determine if you should be alarmed and seek medical help for your bruises, here are some of the most common causes for easy bruising in seniors:
- Medication (particularly blood thinners like aspirin, heparin, warfarin, apixaban, etc)
- Vitamin deficiency (particularly deficiency in Vitamin K and Vitamin C)
- Senile Purpura, a skin condition caused by an accumulation of years of exposure to the sun
- Bleeding disorders, like hemophilia
- Excessive alcohol intake, which can lead to liver disease
- Greater risk for falls
These are just some of the most common causes of bruising in seniors, but make sure to go for a check-up if you feel that this is more serious. Check out Senior Strong for advice on fall prevention, elderly care, and senior safety.
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.