7 Common Medical Conditions in Older Adults- RIVERSIDE/ CORONA

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7 Common Medical Conditions in Older Adults- RIVERSIDE/ CORONA



7 Common Medical Conditions in Older Adults- RIVERSIDE/ CORONA

Americans are living longer and healthier lives. As we age, we become susceptible to developing age-related health complications, also known as geriatric syndromes. Common medical conditions that occur with age include:

Bladder control issues. Bladder problems can include urinary incontinence, needing to urinate eight or more times in one day, waking up many times at night to urinate, sudden and urgent need to urinate, pain or burning before, during, or after urinating, cloudy or bloody urine, passing only small amounts of urine after strong urges to urinate, trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating, and trouble emptying the bladder. Bladder problems can significantly disrupt a senior’s daily routines and social behaviors. If your senior parent shows signs and symptoms of bladder programs or infection, make an appointment with their doctor. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers can help your senior parent improve their bladder and overall health by following these tips provided by the National Institute on Aging:

  1. Drink enough fluids, especially water.SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help and remind your senior parent to drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. Water is the best fluid for bladder health. At least half of fluid intake should be water. Some seniors may need to drink less water because of certain conditions, such as kidney failure or heart disease. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can work with your senior parent’s doctor to know how much fluid intake is healthy for your senior parent.
  2. Limit alcohol and caffeine.SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent limit alcohol and caffeinated foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and sodas. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent with healthy food choices, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and meal cleanup.
  3. Avoid constipation.SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent eat plenty of high-fiber foods (like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits), drink enough water, and stay physically active by encouraging light exercise, which help to combat constipation.
  4. Keep a healthy weight.SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent make healthy food choices and encourage light exercise. Physical activity can help prevent bladder problems, as well as constipation.
  5. Use the bathroom often and when needed, exercising good hygiene habits.SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers will help your senior parent use the restroom with dignity and respect. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers understand that incontinence can be a sensitive health issue. Our in-home caregivers can help your senior parent try to urinate every 3-4 hours. This will help them avoid holding their urine for too long, which can weaken their bladder muscles and make a bladder infection more likely.

Sleep problems. Sleep patterns tend to change with age, and seniors tend to awaken more often during the night and earlier in the morning. If your aging parent is not getting enough sleep, they may suffer from irritability, memory loss, depression, and increased falls or accidents. If your aging parent is struggling with sleep problems, call SYNERGY HomeCare. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent follow steps to help them sleep well. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent:

  • Follow a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Develop a bedtime routine.
  • Try not to watch television or use their computer, cell phone, or tablet in the bedroom.
  • Keep their bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
  • Use low lighting in the evenings.
  • Exercise earlier in the day.
  • Avoid eating large meals close to bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine late in the day.

SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can also help your senior sleep safely. It’s important that your senior parent:

  • Keeps a telephone with emergency numbers next to their bed.
  • Has a lamp within reach of their bed.
  • Keeps a glass of water next to their bed to avoid hydration.
  • Doesn’t smoke in bed.
  • Keeps working smoke alarms on each floor of their home.
  • Locks all windows and doors before going to bed.

If your senior parent still struggles to sleep well, SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your parent schedule a doctor’s appointment to determine if their sleeping habits are caused by insomnia, sleep apnea, movement disorders, or Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Delirium. “Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment,” according to Mayo Clinic. “The start of delirium is usually rapid – within hours or a few days. Delirium can often be traced to one or more contributing factors, such as a severe or chronic illness, changes in metabolic balance (such as low sodium), medication, infection, surgery, or alcohol or drug intoxication or withdrawal.”

Dementia. “Dementia is not a specific disease,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. “It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.” SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers are highly skilled and trained to care for your loved one living with dementia. Our in-home caregivers help to:

  • Adapt your parent’s home environment to enhance safety and independence.
  • Provide transportation for medical, community, and social appointments.
  • Provide reminders for medication.
  • Provide enhanced social activities appropriate to the needs of your parent.
  • Offer meal planning and preparation to ensure good nutritional support.
  • Provide personal care services including grooming, personal hygiene, and dressing.
  • Help with light household tasks.

Fall-related injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one out of four older people fall each year. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury and the cumulative medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. The CDC reports that the risk factors for falling include lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency, difficulties with walking and balance, medications, vision problems, foot pain or poor footwear, and home hazards or dangers such as broken or uneven steps and throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your loved one work to prevent falls daily. Your senior parent may need some assistance staying mobile, and our caregivers can help them stay independent and reduce the risk of falling by encouraging light exercise, helping them connect with their doctor to review their medications, and assisting them with the coordination of making their home safer.

Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. A fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women ages 65 and over, and is more common in women than in men. There are many causes and risk factors that can lead to osteoporosis, which include age, race, lifestyle choices, and medical conditions and treatments. SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent prevent or manage osteoporosis by providing top-notch care that includes housekeeping (to help ensure that your senior parent enjoys a clean, well-kept, and fall-proof home), medication management, healthy meal preparation, and exercise encouragement.

Weight loss. Unintentional weight loss affects more than a quarter of people over age 65. Weight loss occurs in older adults due to loss of appetite, depression, diminished sense of taste and smell, medication side effects, gastrointestinal issues, constipation, difficulty with chewing or swallowing, immobility, and other health issues. SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent gain optimal nutrition and reignite an interest in food. SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can assist your senior parent with menu planning and preparation and feeding assistance. To ensure your senior parent eats the right foods to stay healthy, SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can assist with preparing a well-balanced grocery list, going grocery shopping, and preparing healthy meals. As part of our home care meal services, our in-home caregivers can prepare complete, nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with the right portion sizes for good health.

About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside

SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age.  SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more.  SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected]

 

Gabriel Irvin

Gabby Irvin received her master’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys writing weekly blog posts for Synergy HomeCare, as it allows her to blend her passion for writing and interest in health care. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.

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