The Ultimate Quick Tips on Coping with Arthritis

 

Arthritis|The Ultimate Quick Tips on Coping with Arthritis

Managing arthritis in elderly with natural remedies

The first thing to remember, the debilitating condition is known as Arthritis strikes any individual at any age. It is true, however, that older adults are at a higher risk of falling prey to arthritis. Another key point, according to the statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects about one-third of adults aged 65 years and above.  Also, this makes a leading cause of disability among the elderly population.  In this case, arthritis refers to various conditions affecting the joint bones.  In this condition, the joint cartilage wears off, causing the bones to rub against each other.  As a result, inflammation accompanied by stiffness and decreased mobility of the joints occurs.

Symptoms

In this case, the following symptoms present themselves in those suffering from Arthritis. For a better understanding of the condition, learn to recognize the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the joints
  • Inflammation
  • The joints become stiff and lose mobility
  • Difficulty in performing simple tasks such as brushing teeth, climbing stairs and walking

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Sleeping Problems

 

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Dealing with sleeping problems in the elderly

Insomnia is common in old age; however, this should not be taken as a normal phenomenon.  Sleeping less is certainly not normal in old age. Sleep is important for our elderly, as much as it is important for the younger generation. Statistics have revealed that more than 50 percent of the elderly population (aged 65 years and above) experience sleeping problems.  Some of the common symptoms of sleep problems in the elderly include excessive sleepiness during the daytime, waking up very early in the morning, difficulty falling sleep and inability to maintain sleep.

As age advances, both men and women tend to sleep less and experience many kinds of sleeping disorders.  Furthermore, many elderly also spend less time in deep sleep mode which aggravates the quality of sleep.  While certain disease conditions, social changes, shifts in circadian rhythm and medications can interfere with the regular sleep pattern, additional factors play foul as well.

Some of the common reasons cited for sleeping problems include the following:

  • Stress/grief: Loss of loved one, or moving away from family can be a significant cause of stress for the elderly.
  • Daytime sleep: Reduce daytime sleep to avoid sleeplessness during the night.
  • Menopause and hot flashes: Hot flashes, as well as night sweats, are common during menopause, which significantly interferes with sleep.
  • Physical inactivity: Not getting enough exercise is also one of the major reasons for insufficient sleep.
  • Insufficient sunlight: Staying indoors and getting less sun exposure can also interfere with quality sleep.
  • Socially inactive: Being socially inactive, or spending less time with friends or not interacting with family members, can also be a major factor for improper sleep during the night.

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How Caregivers Handle Different Behaviors in Alzheimer’s Patients

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How to handle different behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients

The first thing to remember, Alzheimer’s disease can become a serious problem for caregivers, especially when it comes to difficult and unpredictable behavior. Also, a disease of this kind causes a progressive cognitive decline. As a result, this decline can cause sudden behavioral changes in patients with the disease. Furthermore, severe and unpredictable behaviors can force caregivers to get outside help from home health agencies. Preparation and understanding of such behavioral changes can help the caregivers take care of the elderly in a much better way.

Common behavior patterns of Alzheimer’s patients:

  • Anger outbursts

Alzheimer sufferers may suddenly exhibit anger and physical aggression. This is one of the most common behaviors of such patients. Caregivers must understand that the behavior is not intentional and is happening only because of the disease.

  • Depression and apathy

Many times, Alzheimer patients often lose interest in life and begin feeling listless. They seem to stay depressed more often and exhibit their loss of interest through crying or staying quiet.

  • Insults and complaints

This is one of the most hurtful behaviors exhibited by patients suffering from Alzheimer.  Many times patients are locked up in rooms, and this is done for their safety, but they don’t realize why this is being done and therefore react in a very insulting manner.  They may also accuse their caretakers and also their own family members of not taking proper care of them.

  • Wandering

This is yet another serious symptom of Alzheimer patients, due to which leaving them alone at home, can be a frightening idea. The patients often wander in search of someone, or thing they have just imagined.  It may also happen that they need to use the toilet and have forgotten the path to it.  Such factors often compel the patients to wander aimlessly.

  • Repetition

Alzheimer’s disease robs one of their brain cells, which was once responsible for memory and thinking. Over a period of time, damaged brain cells cause the patients keep repeating things over and over again; it can be repetitive actions, word repetition, or even repetition of one particular activity.

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Talking to Your Parent About Giving Up Their Driver’s License

Talking to your parent about giving up their driver’s license Aging is a natural phenomenon, and none of us can escape it.  The physical and emotional changes that go with old age are not always natural or pleasant.  Getting older and having health problems can cause problems.   For the children of seniors, caregivers and the … Read more

How to Detect and Help with Depression in the Senior Population

    First of all, depression is a serious mental condition, especially for the senior population.  Another key point, the condition is often difficult to recognize. For this reason, caregivers consider the signs and symptoms of depression to be of loneliness in old age. Furthermore, what’s more, disturbing is it can become so serious at times. It is … Read more

How to Prevent Bedsores with a Little TLC

 

Stages of bedsores|How to Prevent Bedsores with a Little TLC

Caring for the elderly with bedsores

The sensitive nature of a persons skin and the immobility due to chronic illnesses.   Elderly patients are susceptible to bedsores.  The disease takes a toll on one’s health as age advances.  Bedsores begin to shape up as a common sore. Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers.  And are common in the elderly who are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair.

These sores, which begin to develop in those areas of the body, which are bony with little fat deposits.  like the tailbone, elbows, heels and shoulder blades.   Areas receive constant pressure, due to prolonged contact with either the bed or wheelchair.   Constant pressure causes significant reduction of blood supply to a particular area, causing bedsores.

Bedsores develop in 4 different stages, as explained below:

  • Stage 1:  In stage 1, the area under pressure becomes red and swollen and is tender to touch.  If the sores is identified during this stage, they heal without much intervention.
  • Stage 2:  The sore is untreated in the first stage.   These become open sores like abrasions or blisters.  These are pretty painful and are at a high risk of infection.
  • Stage 3:  The sores begin invading the muscle tissues and damage them. Bedsores at this stage are painful and also difficult to treat.
  • Stage 4:  At this stage, sores have caused permanent damage.   To the muscle tissues, joints, tendons, and bones.  The condition can even turn fatal as treatment becomes a challenge.

In view of the severity of bedsores and the intensive damage, they can cause.  It is necessary for the caregivers to keep a close watch on those patients who are bedridden.  This would help prevent the elderly from the torture and pain accompanying the condition. When bedsores are not taken proper care of, they become a strong source of infection.  Only making matters worse for the elderly.

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