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Breathing problems and aging
It can start at any age, especially as we get older, and we can face various problems. As a result, breathing problems or the onset of chronic lung disorders are one of the major health concerns. Another key point, many times and an underlying medical condition can cause it; however, it can also stem from a lack of proper physical activity. Dealing with this day out and being careful not to irritate the condition any further can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Here are some great books to help you now.
Breathing problems and oxygen intake
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 problems is a progressive disease, and caregivers are therefore advised to provide the utmost care to the elderly.
Factors that cause breathing problems in the elderly
COPD – Breathing problems often occur as a result of COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Under these circumstances, this condition includes both emphysema as well as chronic bronchitis. Also, emphysema is characterized by constriction of the air sacs, the place where the exchange of gasses takes place. But, in chronic bronchitis, the airways get inflamed which makes it difficult to get adequate oxygen. Not to mention, in both the conditions, the lungs don’t get sufficient oxygen. Finally, as a result, the elderly experience shortness of breath.
Weakened Immune System – Weakened immune systems make the elderly highly susceptible to infections, making lung function more difficult.
Seasonal Allergies – Sometimes seasonal allergies aggravate breathing, making matters worse for the older adults.
Tobacco Smoke or Alcohol Abuse – Long term exposure to tobacco smoke or alcohol abuse often cause the elderly to be susceptible to develop breathing problems.
Other Conditions – Anemia, sinus problems, heartburn, allergies and cold can also contribute to breathing problems.
Underlying Illnesses – Various illnesses like pneumonia, asthma, cancer, neurological disorders, and heart failure can cause breathing difficulties.
The first thing to remember, caregivers should take note of the breathing problem symptoms experienced by your loved ones and share this information with the doctor. As a result, this will help ensure that a proper treatment plan can be made for the breathing problem. Furthermore, understanding the disease and its symptoms helps caregivers take better care of their loved ones. finally, complying with natural therapies, medications, and changes in dietary plans can help the caregivers provide better care for the breathing problem.
Practical solutions to help with breathing problems
Conserve energy: The elderly with breathing problems have less energy, so they become easily tired. In this case, applying techniques that help the elderly conserve their energy is beneficial. Also, exercises that help tone their muscles and getting help with chores can help them conserve energy. Finally, resting for about an hour after each meal benefits as well by conserving energy for carrying out other activities.
Reduce air pollution: Air pollution aggravates breathing problems. Therefore, caregivers should, therefore, take the necessary steps to reduce air pollutants. Install air conditioners that have air filters help to reduce pollution. As a result, move pets outdoors. Keep bathrooms and living rooms dry to prevent mold growth. Wash bed linens, curtains, and pillow cover with hot water in order to remove any dust mites.
Reduce anxiety: The elderly with breathing problems often suffer from anxiety. For this reason, there are medications to keep anxiety under control. In addition, caregivers can teach their elderly relaxation techniques that will help them relax and keep anxiety at bay.
Clothing concerns: Adopting certain changes in clothing may help the elderly relax and reduce breathing issues. Avoid tight clothing as much as possible. Also, jackets, sweaters, and coats can also contribute to fatigue because of the physical energy required to carry the extra weight, so heavy clothing should be avoided when possible.
Dietary habits: Some dietary factors can aggravate breathing problems. It is important to make the necessary diet adjustments to control problems in breathing. Make protein a larger portion of their menu. Also, limit carbohydrates and fat intake to keep breathing problems under control. Too many calories will increase energy demands making breathing more difficult, so, they should eat several smaller meals each day (as opposed to 3 large meals) to avoid unnecessary pressure on the diaphragm. When the stomach is full, it exerts pressure on the diaphragm, inhibiting the lungs to fill completely.
Precautions during seasonal allergies: Vaccinations and preventative medications can help the elderly avoid sudden attacks during seasonal changes.
No illness or shortcomings should ever prevent the elderly from living a fulfilling life. These practical solutions can help the elderly manage their breathing problems and increase their quality of living.
Breathing problems are no fun, but with the above tips and suggestions, you can help your loved ones with their breathing problems. It can be difficult to attend to your loved one with this but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly.