Can hairstylists help identify older clients who need health services.

We came across this interesting article on Science Daily the other day.  Published by Ohio State University, it discusses the unique position that hairstylists have with older clients and whether they can help identify clients who might benefit from health services.

Photo courtesy of Melvin Schlubman

Because stylists are some of the few people that have the opportunity to see older citizens on a regular basis they are able to observe slow changes in the health or mental acuity of them.  The article discusses the potential to create a system which doesn’t burden stylists with much additional work but provides them the tools to direct clients to appropriate community services.

A portion of stylists might view this as too much extra work, but for those who are interested it could be a wonderful way to contribute to the health of one’s community.

You can read the full article here.

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