Elder Care: What You Need To Know About Chronic Illnesses

Elder Care in Markham

There are many serious and chronic illnesses that can affect your parent or loved one as he or she ages. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about some of these illnesses that may affect Elder-Care-Markhamyour elderly loved one.

The elderly and Parkinson’s disease: risk factors

●       Tremors that often occur in the hands, fingers, forearms, feet, mouth, or chin and typically take place when the body is at rest

●       Slow movement (Bradykinesia) that manifests as a slowness in voluntary movement like walking, standing up and sitting down

●       Muscle stiffness (rigidity) that often produces muscle pain in the limbs and trunk that increases during movement

●       Poor balance due to the loss of reflexes that help posture

●       Difficulty showing facial expressions

●       Small or cramped handwriting

●       Slurred or slowed speech

●       Loss of bowel and/or bladder control

●       Anxiety, depression, fear, or isolation

●       Trouble chewing or swallowing

●       Excessive salivation, drooling

●       Difficulty with fine movements like tying shoes or buttoning shirts

●       Excessive sweating

●       Aches and pains

●       Scaling or dry skin on the face or scalp

●       Poor sleep or trouble sleeping

●       Loss of intellectual capacity, usually in the later stages of Parkinson’s disease


The elderly and lupus

●       Seniors who have lupus tend to respond better to treatment and have milder symptoms

●       Symptoms can include arthritis, fever, muscle aches, neuropsychiatric symptoms, Raynaud’s Syndrome and lung disease

●       The number of cases of men getting lupus over age 55 is greater than that of any other male age bracket

●       Senior women are eight times more likely to develop the disease than senior men

●       Lupus is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed in seniors because the symptoms are mistaken for other age-related medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis

●       Family caregivers should be aware that stress and overexposure to sunlight can trigger symptoms of the disease

●       Osteoporosis is one of the most common side effects of late onset lupus. Many of the lupus medications may also lead to osteoporosis.

●       Seniors with lupus can enjoy simpler treatment and lower doses of medicinal treatment.


How home care can help

Your loved one’s home care provider is there to assist you and your loved one as much as possible. This includes assisting with daily household tasks that have become increasingly more difficult as your loved one ages, providing needed respite services, providing companionship and preparing nutritious meals, to name a few. Utilize your home care provider as much as you can. Doing so will improve upon your ability to provide the best elder care to your loved one.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services in Markham, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.


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