Besides sagging skin and skin spots, elderly individuals are not very fond of the fact that their teeth begin to go bad, sometimes the teeth themselves, sometimes the gums begin to recede – which does nothing to help the teeth. If the teeth fall out, the mouth takes on a sunken appearance and the lips may look as though they have shrunk.
Also, the loss of bone mass in the jawbone will reduce the size of the lower section of an elders face. This distorts the other facial features and makes the forehead, nose and mouth look that much more prominent. The nose may actually take on another likeness as it can extend slightly as a person ages.
Many times the cartilage in the ears grows causing the ears to lengthen in some seniors. Besides that pronounced change, elderly males may also develop longer, courser and more noticeable hair in their ears
Ear wax can cause difficulties as the wax tends to become drier due to the fact that there are fewer wax glands in the ears and added to that, they produce less oil. The buildup of hardened ear wax can actually blocks the ear canal and can affect the senior’s ability to hear.
Other facial changes include the eyebrows and eyelashes which turn gray. Wrinkles appear on the skin around the eyes and the mouth; the eye wrinkles are referred to as crow’s feet.
There are other changes that can affect the eyes, too, such as the fat from the eyelids which may tend to settle into the senior’s eye sockets causing their eyes to look sunken. In addition, the lower eyelids can slacken and bags may develop underneath the eyes. The muscle that supports the upper eyelids may weaken and cause the eyelids to droop. Although this is not harmful, it may limit your client’s vision.
The actual corneas, which are the outer surfaces of a person’s eyes, may develop a grayish-white ring around them. The iris, the colored portion of the eyes, may lose their pigment, changing the color of the person’s eyes. When this happens, a senior’s eyes may look gray or light blue.
Some of these are simply physical changes. Some can be harmful to a senior’s physical health, but moreover, more actually affect a senior’s mental health.
By letting your clients know just how beautiful the changes are, you are fulfilling your mission of revealing that With Age Comes Respect!