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Silent Diseases and your Elderly Parent

Caregiver in Monticello FL

A silent disease is one that does not demonstrate any visible or obvious signs or symptoms. They are dangerous in that they can reach a serious level before you or your loved one are even aware Caregiver-in-Monticello-FLthat they are suffering from it. Diseases that fall into this category include hypertension, hearing loss, many forms of cancer and diabetes. In addition to regular check-ups that can keep these subtle diseases from sneaking up on someone, being aware of the vague symptoms they often produce in the beginning stages can often help reverse their effects or halt their progression. Starting early treatment at the beginning of a disease often makes the difference in the final prognosis.

Hypertension

The symptoms associated with hypertension, or high blood pressure, such as headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and shortness of breath, usually do not become noticeable until the blood pressure has reached a dangerous level. Therefore, regular assessment of your parent’s blood pressure is vital. Many pharmacies and drug stores now offer complimentary blood pressure testing areas. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and stroke and can usually be controlled with changes in lifestyle.

Type 2 Diabetes

Approximately one-third of all people with this disease are unaware that they have it. There are, however, a few early warning signs that are important to be aware of. These include increase in thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision and headaches. Diabetes has a host of serious complications associated with it that include damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and feet as well as heart disease. Check with your loved one’s doctor if you are concerned about the possibility of high blood sugar and confirm that their blood sugar is being monitored on schedule.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be insipient. The person suffering from this ailment may realize they are asking people to repeat themselves more frequently or turning up the volume on the TV, but it generally takes some time before they contribute these actions to hearing loss. In the meantime, you may find your parent opting out on important social engagements out of frustration. If you notice these subtle changes in your parent, call their doctor with your concerns.

Cancers

Early detection of many cancers can be difficult. If you notice any of the following signs, make a prompt appointment with your parent’s physician.

  • Sore or wound that does not heal
  • Lump or thickening  of part of the body
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained bleeding or changes in stool or urine to include color
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent cough

As a family caregiver, you are at the front lines of observing your parent on a daily basis. You will often be the first one to notice physical and behavioral changes in your loved one. Being aware of some of the primary areas of concern and keeping track of your loved one’s physical exams can help ensure a long and healthy life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Resources:  http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-warning-signs#1

 

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.