If you’re a caregiver for an elderly family member, you know that providing care can be rewarding, as well as challenging. As seniors can experience a variety of age-related health conditions, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the number of terms and symptoms. To help ensure you’re familiar with the most common senior health concerns, the North Coast home care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss four age-related conditions.
A chronic condition, dementia can cause progressive memory loss, diminished reasoning abilities, and personality changes. Due to the progressive nature of this condition, these symptoms advance over time and may begin to hinder a senior’s ability to complete everyday activities. Since some symptoms of dementia can be slowed with early treatment, keeping an eye out for these symptoms can help ensure your loved one is diagnosed and treated in early stages.
Frequent difficulty falling asleep or interruptions in sleep are symptoms of insomnia. While it is natural for seniors to have shorter sleep cycles and to wake periodically through the night, insomnia is not normal and is characterized by a prolonged period of insufficient sleep and inability to get to sleep. Seniors who have insomnia often experience other health concerns, including mood swings, confusion, memory loss, and depression.
As your senior loved one ages, he or she may have a decreased sense of thirst. When this happens, seniors sometimes forget to drink sufficient amounts of water, leading to chronic dehydration. If seniors become dehydrated on a regular basis, they may also begin to experience other health problems, including constipation, dry mouth, low blood pressure, and confusion. To help ensure your loved one drinks enough water, ask family members or a North Coast part-time caregiver to encourage your loved one to drink a full glass of water at each meal and to sip water throughout the day.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition where the force of the blood against the artery walls is too strong. When seniors experience high blood pressure over a long period of time, they may begin to develop other health conditions, like heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Since hypertension can be treated with certain lifestyle changes and blood pressure medications, this condition is manageable for most seniors.
When common age-related health conditions begin affecting your loved one’s ability to complete daily tasks, it may be time to consider aged care. At Home Care Assistance, our professional caregivers are expertly trained to provide assistance with a variety of routine activities, including cooking, cleaning, light housework, and transportation, so that your loved one can continue living comfortably at home. Additionally, we also provide Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in North Coast for seniors who require more comprehensive assistance. If you would like to learn more about our aged care services, give an experienced Care Manager a call at 1300 5483-46 (1300 LIVE-IN) and schedule a free in-home consultation.