Demographics of aging and skin disease

Clin Geriatr Med. 2001 Nov;17(4):631-41, v. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0690(05)70090-2.


What are the dermatologic needs of aging and skin disease in the elderly in the new millennium? This question may be impossible to answer, but predictions may be derived from current sources of data. Data from the US Census Bureau and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey are used to characterize current use of dermatologic care in the aging population of the United States and to estimate possible future trends in dermatologic care as the elderly population continues to grow. Dermatologic accompaniments of aging are briefly reviewed, as are issues in health care financing.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Demography
  • Dermatology / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Expenditures
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Aging / physiology*
  • Skin Diseases / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology