Dermatological findings in the senior population of nursing homes in Turkey

Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2008 Jul-Aug;47(1):93-8. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2007.07.007. Epub 2007 Sep 10.


As the elderly population grows, the problems including skin diseases become more and more frequent. This study involved 300 elderly patients living in 3 nursing homes in Ankara. Their average age was 76.4 years. The average period of time they had lived in the nursing homes was 48.7 months, 25.7% of the cases were bedridden, and 274 cases (91.3%) had at least one systemic disease. Details of the past medical history and the consumed drugs were recorded. The dermatological examination of all cases was performed. Age and sex-dependence of the findings was statistically evaluated, and the risk factors for dermatological diseases were analyzed. The most frequent diseases of the elderly people were: fungal infections and xerosis, with prevalence of 49.7% and 45.3%, respectively. Dermatitis and pruritus were less prevalent (11.0% and 10.3%, respectively). Fungal infections and varicosities were detected more frequently in males, than females. The only risk factor detected for fungal infections was the male sex. We conclude that this study contributes to the identification of the health problems of elderly people, representing a growing proportion of the population in the near future.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Nursing Homes / statistics & numerical data*
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Skin Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Turkey / epidemiology