Elderly care tips you should know about

 

Your parents and grandparents have certainly taken great care of you when you were little. They might still take care of you. This is why you should also do this for them or, at least, advise them on what they are allowed and what are not allowed to do. Or, if you are an elderly person, you also have to know how to take care of yourself.

As such, we have some care tips that are of great importance.

 

Healthy style of life

The most important thing to do in order to maintain the strength of your body is to maintain a healthy style of life. This means that you should quit smoking, be active and eat healthy food. Since our body gets incredibly weak as we grow old, it is advisable to get rid of all our bad habits, because they will do no good.

Cigarettes increase the risk of cancer, heart failure, strokes and many other diseases. Lack of exercise will make your muscles atrophied, which may lead to cardiovascular problems. If you exercise every day, then you will sleep better, prevent illnesses and reduce the stress of everyday life.

And, last but not least, the food you eat controls your body’s weight and health. Eating healthy food will prevent diseases as diabetes, osteoporosis or high blood pressure.

 

Medication

You have to take a lot of care what medication you take if you are an elderly person. If you are taking care of a senior, then you have to help him or her check the medication that they have bought. Make sure that the pharmacist is honest and trustworthy. More than that, it is very important not to mix the pills, since there are some that cannot be taken at the same time.

We would recommend you to buy a pill organizer which will make all of this much easier.

Care services

You can join one of the parent care services existing in your area. They are very useful, because they help with the treatment – if there is one, but also with the transportation of the elderly individuals to the hospital, as well as with paperwork.

Moreover, it is a good way of gathering information about any illness that the senior suffers from. There are also support groups that can help you, since it is very important to know as much as possible about the disease.

 

Taking care of the ones that we love is one of the first things to do, especially if we’re talking about our parents or grandparents.

 

What is dementia?

 

Dementia is a term which is usually used to describe a decline in mental ability which is as severe as to affect the individuals’ everyday life. It has been stated that most of the cases of dementia are due to Alzheimer’s disease. Another common type is vascular dementia, which may be a consequence of a stroke. However, these are not the only types of dementia.

 

Stages

Dementia has different stages that describe the progress of an individual’s disease. It is very important to determine the correct stage, since there are a lot of things that depend on this. For example, physicians determine the best treatment approach according to the stage of dementia.

It is said that there are three different stages: the early one (or “mild”), the middle one (or “moderate”) and the late one (or “severe”). The symptoms are those that usually help doctors diagnose what stage the patient is in.

Causes

It is difficult to find out what has caused dementia, but still, there are some common causes. These consist of degenerative neurological diseases, which include Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Vascular disorders may also cause dementia.

Serious injuries that were caused by accidents or falls may leave traumas to the brain. After this, there is a possibility of a decline in the mental ability. HIV, meningitis and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may also have dementia as a consequence, since they are infections that affect the central nervous system.

Believe it or not, but long-time alcohol or drug use also increases the risk of getting dementia.

 

Symptoms

The early signs of dementia may not even be noticed, because usually they are vague. Memory loss is one of the first symptoms. Of course, it is about forgetting things very often or not remembering events at all. Another symptom is that a person with dementia will find it very hard to get a task done. It may be hard for him or her to follow the steps required for cleaning the house.

Forgetting simple words and using inappropriate ones may also be a sign of the disease. Sometimes it may be hard for individuals suffering from this even to make full sentences and they can also find it difficult to understand the others.  

 

However, even if it happens to an individual to have these symptoms, it does not mean that it is a case of dementia. There are other diseases that have similar symptoms, including depression, infections or hormonal disorders. This is why it is very important to be seen by a physician if these symptoms are present. The individual will not be able to diagnose the condition by himself or herself.