August 26, 2013

Taking Care of Mom and Dad: A Guide to Senior Health

Filed under: boomer,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 5:19 pm

Courtesy of Brooke Chaplan [brookechaplan@gmail.com]

One of the newest aspects of modern life is making sure that our parents are properly taken care of, especially as healthcare industries provide a myriad of choices for our loved ones. But with a bit of reading and thought, it doesn’t have to be a stressful or confusing process; one way toward health success for your elderly parents, for example, is knowing the ins and outs of senior health as a proactive solution to potential health problems.

Having a Good Contact List
Having a ready list of the main physicians or healthcare providers of your parent or parents will make it easier answering concerns and questions. Make a detailed document of all their healthcare providers, past medicines, and current ones. A good primary physician will often be familiar with your parent’s medical history, and will be able to anticipate any problems that might arise in line with past concerns. Companies like familycord can offer cord tissue storage for treatment in immune system and blood disorders, and it can be a good point of inquiry in having some plans for your parent’s health.

Taking Care of Mom and Dad A Guide to Senior HealthChanges in Behavior
Another way to is to see if recent changes have occurred in either your parent’s behavior or mannerisms. Do they seem more tired recently, or are eating less than they used to? Slight changes in regular behavior can often be a sign that a parent is having a change in their state of health, and might be indicative of a need for care. Contacting a physician can often help answer questions that arise due to behavioral changes. Talk with them if you can to see what kind of treatment they are willing to take on and their wishes for future arrangements of their property should they pass on.

Understanding the Hidden Component: Psychology
Like any stage of life, old age can bring with it a myriad of changes — and these can often be just as confusing to a parent as they can to you. Making sure that your parent’s doctor is aware of their moods in day to day life is one key way to keep your loved one in good stead. If your parent suddenly seems to have a drop in energy, positive attitude or sleep patterns, this may be a sign that they are experiencing a bout of depression. Keep other family updated with their health and try to understand the change is a part of life. As well as decreasing physical health, you may need to find treatment for mental health.

If you feel any of these solutions might help your parent, be aware that you’re not alone in having questions about the process of elder care. And don’t worry — know that there are many professionals out there who are trained to help!

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