The cycle of life is necessary, but it’s never kind. As our parents and grandparents get older, they gradually begin to lose their vitality and that’s never nice to witness or experience. That being said, there are certain steps that we can take to ensure that the eldest members of our family lead a healthier, more fulfilling life, even in their old age.
Take them for Regular Health Checkups
It may sound routine, but you would be surprised by how just how many people ignore this seemingly basic and essential step. We all need to be checked periodically for health issues, irrespective of our age and health conditions. However, the gaps between two regular health checkups must be decreased in proportion to our age.
Age makes us comparatively more susceptible to almost anything you can imagine, unfortunately, so the only way to know about new problems before they actually become a real problem would be to take your elders for more frequent health checkups. Doing so can be particularly difficult if they are living independently, so brush up on your persuasion skills!
Keep an Eye Out for behavioral Changes and Memory Loss
Medical science has come a long way in Alzheimer’s treatment and management, but the effectiveness of such measures is predicated on catching the disease as early as possible. It is still an incurable disease, unfortunately, but Alzheimer’s can be delayed, and its symptoms can be managed with timely detection, treatment, and care.
On top of all that, the same symptoms can also be caused by a number of other diseases such as vascular dementia, mild undetected strokes, Parkinson’s, etc., as well. Given that most seniors will not tell you or may not even realize that they are changing in their behavior and suffering from memory loss, you will have to be the one to watch out for common symptoms such as:
- Losing track of the timeline: day, date, year, decade.
- Insisting on wrong facts being factually true even in the presence of clear evidence to the contrary.
- Forgetting people, their faces, names, and relationships.
- Forgetting how to do basic tasks such as how to use spoons while eating, or how to drive.
- Talking about people from the past like they were just there.
- Excessive aggression, depression, anxiety, and confusion.
Offer Assistance When Needed
It is your duty to just note the symptoms and take them to the physician. Let the specialists figure out what is going on. Irrespective of what might be responsible, if your loved one is showing signs similar to what was stated above, they can no longer live without assistance. If you or someone else in your family cannot live with them 24×7, Google senior homes near me (plus your location) to seek out quality assisted living communities in the vicinity.
If the symptoms are extreme, finding an appropriate assisted living community is highly recommended, even if someone can stay with the afflicted elder. It isn’t uncommon for seniors with dementia to hurt themselves and others around them, without even realizing what it is that they are doing. They are much less likely to get injured or injure others, on being attended by healthcare professionals trained for the job.