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As we get older, we face various problems. As a result, breathing difficulties or onset of chronic lung disorders are one of the major health concerns. Another key point, many times and an underlying medical condition can cause breathing problems; however, breathing problems can also stem from a lack of proper physical activity.
Important to realize, older adults with breathing problems take in less oxygen. As a result of this, they have much less energy to perform their daily activities. Another key point, due to less oxygen and subsequently less energy, older adults tire often and get anxious and depressed easily. Also, breathing difficulty is a progressive disease and caregivers are therefore advised to provide the utmost care to 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.
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:
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.
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.
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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