As a person gets older, their body changes. Thankfully, due to advancements in technology and medicine, men and women are living longer now than any other time in the past. However, there are many challenges that come with getting older. Learning about these challenges can give you the chance to help your elderly loved one live a better life.
Typically, arthritis is a technical term that means inflammation of a person’s joints. Some symptoms of arthritis are stiffness, soreness, and pain in and around the joints. The most common areas that arthritis appears in the body include the following:
If your elderly loved one feels that they have arthritis the best way to handle it is to seek professional medical assistance. Your loved one’s doctor can help them determine what type of arthritis they are experiencing. This way your elderly loved one can get the best form of treatment.
As a person ages, their body might have trouble pumping oxygen to their heart. This can cause major heart issues to occur. Many experts suggest that exercise and eating healthy can decrease the odds of someone experiencing heart problems. This is why it is essential to encourage your elderly loved one to regularly exercise and to eat a heart-healthy diet. Just remember to speak with your loved one’s doctor before they start any new exercise or diet regimen.
Many studies show that as a person ages, their muscles and bones become weakened and softer. This is why many elderly people are not as strong or flexible as they were in their younger days. It is also why many elderly people have a tendency to fall and/or break bones. It is very important that elderly care providers and family caregivers do everything they can to provide the elderly people in their life a safe living environment. A few ways that you can help out include the following:
- Add grip mats to tiled floors
- Remove loose throw rugs from main areas of your loved one’s home
- Remove any furniture that obstructs walking spaces
It is important to remember that you can’t prevent accidents from occurring completely. However, you can do things to minimize them from happening by following these tips.
There are many challenges that your elderly loved one might encounter as they continue to get older. Some of them you won’t have control over. However, some of these challenges you can help your loved one to overcome. You might want to start by helping your elderly loved one eat a healthy diet, encourage them to exercise, and making sure their environment is safe.