While some seniors may worry about hair thinning and hair loss, losing hair is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. The body undergoes many changes as it ages and hair is no exception. As hair ages, its life cycle is shortened and hair strands become thinner. However, you can take active steps to protect against excessive hair loss. Hair loss treatments are available for seniors who might be worried about the state of their hair. There are also lifestyle changes that can be adopted to counter and prevent hair loss.
Having a Healthy Diet
The saying “you are what you eat” is also true when it comes to hair. A nutrient-rich, balanced and healthy diet is key to treating and combatting hair loss. The elements listed below are all part of a diet that can help prevent hair loss:
- Protein-rich: Hair follicles are made mostly of protein, a lack of which is connected to hair loss. To ensure that your diet is rich in protein, do consume some low-fat, red meat a couple of times a week. Eggs, which contain biotin, are also an essential source of hair protein.
- Full of vegetables: Spinach and other leafy, green vegetables are stocked with nutrients essential for healthy hair, such as folate and vitamins A and C.
- Rich in Omega-3s: Omega-3 fatty acids are wonderful for promoting hair growth. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines are a great source of Omega-3, as are avocados, which are also a source of vitamin E.
- Rich in Vitamins: Vitamins C, E, and D are all essential for healthy hair growth. Adding a multivitamin that contains all three is one way of ensuring these vitamins are included in your daily intake. However, you can also get them from berries, beef liver, cheese, mushrooms, and fortified foods such as cereals, juices, and milk.
Low-Level Light Therapy
Low-level laser therapy, also known as red light therapy and cold laser therapy, is a safe and effective therapy that promotes hair growth. It is widely accepted as being less invasive than treatments such as hair transplant surgery. Low-dose laser treatments encourage blood circulation and provide stimulation that boosts the growth of hair follicles. While the results of this treatment vary from individual to individual, studies have yielded results that are generally encouraging. Some benefits of low-level light therapy treatment include painless procedures and no side effects.
You can also turn to prescription medication to combat hair loss. As with all medications, however, it is best to get them from your doctor as everyone is different and might react differently to certain drugs and dosages. Health care professionals will also be able to advise you on any side effects the medication might have. Common medications prescribed for hair loss are minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).
Healthy Meals for Seniors at Discovery Village At Twin Creeks
While hair loss might be worrying for seniors, it is a normal part of aging and there are a number of ways to treat and prevent it. At Discovery Village At Twin Creeks, our senior living community provides healthy and delicious dining options for a balanced diet, as well as medical and emotional support for seniors as they navigate the landscape of aging. Find out more about our exclusive senior living programs today!