Senior Care and What to Watch ForRebekah Long
We tend to avoid the appearance, groan over the emerging signs, and feel the symptoms slowly showing up in our daily lives, but age is something to be honored and respected—it’s a privilege. With age, often times comes maturity and wisdom along with a myriad of physical telltales.
Caregivers around the world have the responsibility of caring for the elderly in homes and facilities, day in and day out. Whether you’re caring for a friend or family member, or have chosen care-giving as a career path, with it comes a high amount of responsibility– caring for another’s health is one of the most important tasks we may ever encounter. It’s important to understand and keep an eye out for the warning signs of serious health conditions surfacing. Dehydration and nutrient malabsorption may quickly lead to many serious issues. Dehydration in the elderly can easily occur due to altered thirst perception, inability to effectively communicate, medications that effect fluid levels- such as laxatives or diuretics– or when taking more than 4 medications regularly.
Some signs to be aware of are:
- Low blood pressure
- Headaches and Dizziness
- Dry mouth
- Sunken eyes
- Inability to sweat or produce tears
- Low urine output or constipation
- Urinary tract infections
Malabsorption of nutrients in the elderly can lead to anemia related fatigue, unexplained depression with signs of apathy or irritability, as well as physical manifestations such as brittle, dry hair, and ridged nails.
If you notice any of these signs in someone you’re caring for, first consult their health care provider to rule out any serious conditions, and then begin working towards strengthening their hydration levels and nutrient absorption.
The extra support from the Clinical Strength Hydration™ and balancing electrolyte nutrients in re:iimmune® help reduce dehydration when recognized in the early stages. The pre and probiotic blend paired with L-glutamine and ginger, produce a restorative element in the digestive system, and ultimately may create a more viable environment for nutrient absorption.
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