Getting older is a golden experience for the wisdom and tender warmth it brings. But it does not come without a baggage of old-age health challenges.
To offer the much needed love and happiness to the elders despite their age, we need to understand their mental and physical health issues.
Graying hair, wrinkles and weak memory are obvious signs but there are other unique and cunning health problems. These insidious problems seem subtle but affect the behavior of our loving parents to a great extent. Take a clue from the following:
is a common mental disorder in seniors. Most of the times this illness is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Depression, when strikes elderly usually manifests as confusion, forgetfulness, irritability and loss of interest. Usually regarded as senile behavior, this depression is due to a numerous factors like a physical disability, change of environment or loss of a loved one. The best way to heal is to make them feel important and spend quality time with the elderly in the declining years of their life.
- Domestic Accidents
though happen with most of us, have a profound effect on elderly. Our bones become weaker with age. Hence, a minor trauma or fall at home can have grave health consequences in the elderly. Most of these falls can be prevented by avoiding tripping hazards like slippery bathroom floors and walking in the dark.
- Weak Eye-Sight
can have a debilitating effect on the confidence of elderly people. Embarrassed by such problems seniors don’t admit such problems in the majority of cases. These eye diseases are due to retinal disorders, cataract, presbyopia and glaucoma. A good strategy is to take regular check-up in 6 months interval.
- Incontinence and Constipation
are the leading causes of deteriorating the quality of life in elderly. The problem is due to weak muscles, chronic health issues or side effect of ongoing medications. This can also lead to disturbance in sleep patterns and day-time restlessness and fatigue. An easy solution is encouraging mild regular exercises and healthy diet.
Knowing and understanding old-age problems makes it easier to identify the red flags and lend a helping hand to the vulnerable elderly population. Simple loving gestures can make them happy! Care for these people who once cared for you!
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