Infections in seniors cause numerous deaths every year. To protect your aging loved one, it’s important you learn as much as you can about the illnesses that most frequently plague retirement-age individuals. It’s more likely your loved ones will receive the immediate care they need if you understand what some of the warning signs are that trouble is just around the corner.
When it comes to people 65 and older, they’re susceptible to certain conditions, infections, etc. Are you worried that your aging loved one may be getting infections too frequently or may be susceptible to certain infections? Let’s take a look at some of those and what to do about them.
The Common Cold
Compared to other illnesses, the common cold seems like a relatively harmless viral infection. Unfortunately, it can pose severe problems, particularly in aging adults. Make sure your loved one gets to the doctor if their cold symptoms become severe. It could be or develop into something more serious.
To help treat colds, over-the-counter medications, rest, lemon and honey in warm tea or water (for sore throats), lots of fluids, and more can be used.
Bacteria, viruses, and fungi – due to a lowered immunity level – are hard to fight off by retirement age individuals. Therefore, infection risks are greater. It’s important, if pneumonia is suspected or diagnosed, that it be treated as soon as possible. It can end up causing death, particularly in aging adults.
To boost respiratory function, machines and antibiotics may be needed. Older adults who end up with pneumonia frequently need to be hospitalized, but some can be treated at home.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Severe symptoms of a UTI can include aggression and confusion. Among retirement-age individuals, this is one of the most common illnesses. Frequent urination and urinary incontinence can also be symptoms of a UTI. As adults age, the threat of UTI increases.
Antibiotics may be prescribed by your loved one’s physician if they have a urinary tract infection.
For any adult, the flu presents a danger. However, death, hospitalization, and other severe complications are a higher risk among the older generation. To fight off the infection, a healthier system is needed.
Practicing good hygiene is one excellent method of reducing the risk of flu. Ask your loved one’s physician whether or not they should get a flu shot, as well.
Fungal infections, shingles, and pressure sores (a.k.a. bedsores) are the skin infections that are most common among older adults. Increasing their danger level is the fact that some are antibiotic immune. To stave off infections, good oral hygiene (and frequent, proper handwashing) is important. The home environment should be as clean as possible, your loved one should avoid extended exposure to the sun, they should stay hydrated, and follow their doctor’s orders at all times.
To treat skin infections, the doctor may recommend topical creams, antihistamines, or antibiotics.
Health and Well-Being at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
At Conservatory At Keller Town Center, the health and well-being of each and every resident is of the utmost importance. That’s why we have a caring, professional team ready to address any medical or health treatments and/or concerns that may exist or arise.
The healthiest foods are served three times a day. Nutritious and delicious, locally sourced, fresh ingredients are used and served in a fine dining atmosphere. It’s easier for your loved ones to stay healthy when they are eating wholesome food.
Staying active is also part of living a healthy lifestyle. There’s always something to do here at Conservatory At Keller Town Center. With events, celebrations, trips into town, game nights, lifestyle programs, and more, socialization and an active way of life are highly encouraged among our residents.