Many people often assume that aging equals a steady, predictable decline in physical and mental abilities. People who experience pain, joint stiffness, mental fog and dimming vision after the age of 50 also excuse their conditions as being just part of growing older.
It is true that with age we are more likely to develop certain health conditions (e.g., arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis). However today, geriatricians argue that many changes people assume are caused by aging are actually health conditions that can be treated – and in some cases, even halted or reversed.
The following are 4 things that all home caregivers for seniors in Vancouver and surrounding areas should keep in mind when it comes to aging and chronic health.
1. Memory Loss
Memory loss is the first noticeable signs of growing old. Seniors might work a bit harder to recall words, events, or peoples’ names. They may search the whole house looking for an object they misplaced only to realize that it is right before their eyes. These changes are part of what experts call “senior moments”. It is not always safe to assume that the cause is Dementia. There are other factors to consider, including vitamin deficiencies, depression, delirium, medication side effects etc. Our advice is to consult a physician about any concerns. They are the only ones who can do the proper assessment and diagnosis.
2. Vision Problems
As people grow old, some vision problems are common (e.g. difficulty focusing close up). It is also common to develop sight-robbing disorders as you grow older, such as diabetic eye disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration. However with regular eye exams, certain vision loss problems can be reversed and treated. A notable example is cataract – with surgery physicians are able to restore the sight of many seniors and even better it.
Depression strikes people of all ages, but seniors are at more risk. There are many triggers that can cause seniors to go into a depressive state, including grief and loneliness due to the death of a spouse, the sudden onset of a health condition, the loss of independence, and/or medication side effects. Depression does not have to be permanent. It is treatable with counseling, medication, and the managing of underlying health conditions. Very often lifestyle changes such as the inclusion of exercises in daily routines and the increase of social interactions can also help combat depression.
The belief that weakness is a consequence of growing older is a fallacious statement. On the contrary, many people live in good health for a long time and that’s because there are many remedies available to keep us strong and health. It is important to understand that change is normal. But change as you get older is a gradual process. If you suddenly find your client feeling dizzy and their balance is out of whack, do not chalk it up as normal aging. Contact a physician so they can run a few tests.
It is important to communicate with your health care provider; describe the kinds of problems that you are having with your thinking and memory. Ask if your doctor can do a simple test of your mental abilities right in the office.
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