05 Nov 4 Age-Related Health Problems You Shouldn’t Try to Deal with Alone
Age brings along with it a number of health-related issues that, most often, cannot be prevented or avoided. Some of these issues, like arthritis or incontinence, may require some adaptation or medication to deal with, but they typically don’t require daily care. However, there are some age-related health problems that you should never try to handle alone. Whether these conditions are present in you or your loved one, it is often best for those suffering from the following 4 health problems to consider professional senior care.
Short-Term Memory Problems
Everyone can be a little forgetful sometimes; and, it’s completely normal as you age to find yourself becoming more forgetful than you used to be. However, if you or your loved one is frequently disoriented or forgetful of important matters (e.g., whether or not they took their medication, or whether or not they ate breakfast that morning), then it may be time to look into professional care.
In fact, short-term memory problems are a common ailment among residents in senior care facilities. According to a 2010 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 40% of residents in care facilities had short-term memory problems, or felt disoriented most of the time in the last 7 days. If you or your loved one falls into this category, in-home care or a care facility may be a wise decision.
Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Unlike short-term memory problems, Alzheimer’s and dementia are conditions diagnosed by a medical professional, and they tend to progress as time passes. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, an individual may be able to care for themselves, or may require occasional assistance from a family member. However, as the disease progresses, it is usually best that you not try to deal with this problem alone.
According to the CDC’s survey, 42% of residents in care facilities have some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia, so it is quite common for this to be the driving factor behind obtaining professional care or checking into a full-time senior care facility. It is usually best for patients with these diseases to have around-the-clock care from a medical professional to ensure their safety and comfort.
As many people age, their eyesight begins to deteriorate. This is entirely normal, and can often be corrected with stronger glasses prescriptions, and a few other lifestyle adjustments. Sometimes, a senior citizen will no longer be able to drive a vehicle due to the deterioration of their eyesight, and will require more frequent assistance from family members. However, if you or your loved one is beginning to lose their vision entirely, you shouldn’t try to handle this alone.
Loss of eyesight completely changes a person’s life, and if this occurs later in life, it can be very difficult to adapt. While you may be tempted to stay in your own home, reasoning that you’ll be better able to navigate a familiar environment, it is usually a better option to have ongoing care from a professional caregiver. This ensures the patient’s safety, and gives them around-the-clock assistance in adapting to this change in their lifestyle.
Nervous System Disorders
There are many nervous system disorders, and most of them can strike at any time in a person’s life. However, diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy can also be degenerative, and become more and more difficult to handle as time progresses. As the years go by and the patient’s condition worsens, professional care may become the best option. In fact, it may become an absolute necessity, if you or your loved one requires around-the-clock medical care from a licensed nurse.
Like Alzheimer’s and dementia, you may have felt capable of handling these types of disorders in their early stages. However, there usually comes a point when you (or the family members helping to care for you) simply aren’t equipped to deal with the difficulties connected to these diseases.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above medical conditions, it may be a good time to start thinking about finding professional senior care. Whether you opt for in-home care or a full-time care facility, there are many options available to ensure that you receive the assistance you need. You don’t need to try to tackle these kinds of conditions on your own. Contact us, and we’ll help to match you or your parent with a care facility or caregiver who can help to tend to all of your medical and personal care needs.