If you have elderly parents, you know that there’s a lot that can go into caring for their wellbeing. In many ways, the roles become reversed, with children caring for the parents. Unfortunately, among the things that tend to come with age are health problems. If you’re involved at all in the care and wellbeing of your elderly parents, there are some health problems you need to watch out for.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death, and has been for the last five years. It’s often considered a silent killer because it can easily go undetected for years. There aren’t much in the way of symptoms anyone outside of a doctor’s office will pick up on until it’s become a serious threat to health. It often manifests as a heart attack or stroke. Be familiar with the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes. Getting help as soon as possible is critical to making it through one of these events. A healthy, balanced diet, exercise, and regular doctor’s appointments are important in protecting your elderly parents from cardiovascular disease.
Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result of damage to the nerve cells in the brain. This degenerative disease is another one of the top ten causes of death in America. Unfortunately, there is no cure. Traditional Alzheimer’s treatments rely on pharmaceutical care solutions instead of holistic ones. They may be able to slow down the progression of the illness, but it can’t be stopped or reversed. Early symptoms may include disruptive levels of confusion and forgetfulness, misplacing items, becoming lost in familiar surroundings, or having an unusual degree of trouble with speaking or writing.
The elderly can be prone to depression. It is incredibly discouraging to find that you have difficulty with simple tasks that used to be easy, or become unable to do them altogether. The loss of independence can be deeply troubling. Fear of dying, financial difficulties, loneliness, and loss can all lead to depression in the elderly. Medical problems or medications can also result in depression. Depression can sometimes look like dementia, but there are differences in symptoms if you look closely.
There are many health problems that can plague the elderly. Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and depression are only three of them. Keep an eye out for these and other health problems to help your parents live their best lives.
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