The more our loved one’s age, the more we want to pay attention to them. As they grow older, their health also tends to wear down. Although it is inevitable that age really does go down starting in our 50s, there are some signs that might show drastic health deteriorations. These are simple warning signs of deteriorating health that we must watch out for.
Early detection can result in early prevention. Also, this is one of the reasons why it is important to eat right and take care of your health at an early age. The earlier we take care of our body, the longer it can withstand the effects of aging. Here are some of the warning signs that you must watch out for.
Difficulties in performing day-to-day tasks.
Have you noticed that your parents are having difficulty in performing their day-to-day tasks? This doesn’t necessarily mean hardcore tasks. These actions can be as simple as cooking, or grocery shopping. If they go about their day with a little difficulty, then these are already signs of aging. Here are some activities that might cause them a bit of struggle especially with deteriorating health.
- Shopping – This can be a tiring activity considering that there might be a lot of walking involved. Our loved ones can no longer stand long walks and prefer to stay at home. Elderly with deteriorating health don’t have the same stamina with shopping as before.
- Getting Groceries – What once was a relaxing activity has now become a struggle. Elderly with deteriorating health can no longer stand and walk for long periods of time since this easily tires them down.
- Going up the stairs – This is the most common action we all notice. Once our elderly show signs of difficulty going up the stairs, this indicates weak muscles.
- Eating – Elderly with deteriorating health might have difficulty chewing or swallowing. If this shows up, the best is to consult a doctor about it.
Forgetfulness may be the most common thing a person experiences. In our lifetime, it is impossible not to have experienced forgetting something at least a dozen times. However, for the elderly with deteriorating health, this might prove to be different from normal memory loss. Here are some things that can help you spot the difference. With these simple actions, you could already guess if
- People with forgetfulness tend to ask the same question again and again in a day.
- They get lost in places they frequent.
- Have difficulty following simple instructions.
- They may already have difficulty tracking time.
- Have difficulty remembering people’s names.
- Getting confused in places in terms of direction.
- Misplacing of items.
Nevertheless, even if memory loss or forgetfulness is a common effect of aging, it should never be ignored. The more we see these issues in our loved ones, the more we need to keep an eye on them. Or better yet, consult a doctor. In old age, underlying diseases may also be the cause of this.
Watch out for mood swings
There might be cases of sudden outbursts with our senior citizens. Know that this is completely common especially with the eldery. But what causes these sudden mood swings? There are a number of factors that contribute to these changes in personality.
If your parents or elderly used to have a positive attitude all the time, and they suddenly became irritated, start monitoring them. This cannot be unavoidable especially when caring for aging parents. The key is to be patient and understanding towards their needs.
Causes of mood swings:
- They might be reacting to pain.
- They might be exasperated.
- It might be because of frustration with their bodily changes.
- Some medications also cause some mood changes.
- This is also the cause of anxiety and depression
- This might also be brought by Alzhimer’s or dementia.
Loss of appetite
Nutrition is the number one priority for an ederly with faltering health. However, we also cannot deny the changes in our loved one’s physical state and senses. For this particular matter, their taste will diminish overtime resulting in not wanting to eat. This will then stem down to loss of appetite.
Nonetheless, losing taste is only one part of the causes of losing appetite. Take a look at the others:
- Changes in metabolism (our metabolism tends to decrease over time)
- Hormonal changes
- There might be cases of decreased smell
- There might also be a decrease in taste
- Dental problems
- Ill fitting dentures
- In old age there might be difficulty in chewing
- There might also be a difficulty in swallowing
On the other hand, there still might be a couple of ways to stimulate our elderly’s appetite. If there’s a will, there will always be a way. See these simple ideas on how to increase your elderly’s appetite.
- Eat with others – Don’t we love interaction with other people? We can sometimes be entranced with conversations on the radio alone, what more if it’s with close family and friends. Ask them or invite them on a regular basis to eat together. That should do the trick!
- Healthy snacking – Eating full meals might look like a hassle to most elderly. Snacks come in small portions and are actually enjoyable to eat while watching your senior’s favorite shows.
- Liquid meals count too – This actually applies to the elderly who already have difficulty eating or swallowing. Drinking might be a less painful experience for them.
- Ask them what they want – Let them choose their meals. There might be a particular dish that they are craving or wanting. Letting them request what they want will give higher chances of them consuming the food.
Frequent colds and illnesses
Our elderly are the ones who are mostly targeted by colds and diseases due to their lower immune systems. They are prone to get frequent colds and are also prone to develop some internal difficulties. Here are some of the most common colds of an elderly with deteriorating health.
- Watch out for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – One of the causes for this one is shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. Try to avoid smoking, secondhand smoking, and inhaling fumes to maintain healthy lungs.
- Diabetes – Is one of the common illnesses that the body can have at an old age. To prevent diabetes, try having a healthy diet, and watch your calorie intake. Also, exercising for at least 30mins a day helps lower the risks of diabetes.
- Heart diseases – Eating saturated fat, lots of sweets, and salty food will eventually come and bite us back as we grow older. More specifically, it will have drastic effects on the health of our hearts.
- Arthritis – This is where exercising comes in handy. Most elderly complain about pressure on their knees. Losing one pound can actually lessen stress on your knees at least 4 times! Also, maintaining the required weight that goes with your height helps too.
- High Cholesterol – Bad fats will haunt you as you grow older and it will contribute to the deterioration of your health. Bad fats can clog your arteries which will lead to heart disease.
Now you know all about the warning signs of deteriorating health in elderly people. Kudos to Exceptional Living Centers for providing rich knowledge. To know more about taking care of your elderly’s health, click one of the links below!