Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Practical Tips On How To Cope With An Ageing Relative


Your family members getting older isn't something many of us like to think about. Age does, of course, bring wisdom but it can also bring about health problems, domestic issues and a lot more responsibility for you. Everyone wants to have a positive family home and build great memories together, so it’s important to make sure that everyone in the family is happy. Whether you have elderly parents, an elderly aunt or uncle or simply just a close family friend, there are steps you can take to dealing with the effects of ageing.


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Health problems

It comes as no surprise that as we age, we are much more susceptible to illnesses. Some people think this is due to a weakened immune system, whilst other studies suggest the exact opposite. These studies claim that elderly immune systems do, in fact, work overtime. It is during this time that the immune system is hell bent on beating the virus, that elderly people suffer more physical effects. Whichever claim is is correct, it is definitive that elderly people are more at risk of getting seriously sick than younger people. Common age related diseases are osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and the risk of stroke.


If you have an elderly relative you are concerned about, encourage them to visit the doctor regularly for check ups. This may take some persuading, as many elderly people try to avoid visiting the doctor unless they are seriously ill. But sit down with your relative and explain that it is important to keep on top of their health and check for any underlying conditions. It can benefit them greatly in the long term.


Independence

The amount of independence an elderly relative is able to retain can be a touchy subject in many families. It can be a tricky situation for a lot of different reasons. Your relative may believe that nothing is wrong with them and that they do not need any assistance with everyday tasks. If it is looking likely that your relative will need a lot of care, it can also cause conflict within the extended family when it comes to delegating jobs. It is possible that your older relative could develop a disease such as dementia or amnesia, so it is important to be aware of your relative's memory. If you feel you need some extra help, arranging a meeting with an independent ot can help you and your family lay out a plan of action.



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Isolation

Sometimes, when people age their mobility is affected. This can be incredibly debilitating for sufferers, especially those who were very mobile before. It can also mean that they end up feeling isolated, as they constantly need to ask for offers of transport or help, such as with the shopping. Make sure you and your family do all you can to help your elderly relative still attend events and family gatherings. The social interaction will also be beneficial to them mentally. If they cannot go out to see their friends as much and are feeling housebound, find out able local pensioner groups. Many of these volunteer led groups enable members of the elderly community to meet up on a regular basis, and also go out on daytrips.


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