As humans age, several changes occur throughout the body. While we know that some of these changes are normal, there are some symptoms that may be a sign of trouble. If you are caring for a loved one who is elderly or suffers from an illness, it may be up to you to recognize alarming symptoms. Here are four changes that can point to a problem:
- Rapid Visual Changes: While vision, especially nearsighted vision, gets naturally worse with age, rapid or sudden visual changes can signal a number of problems. For instance, a sudden, temporary loss of vision in one or both eyes can be a sign of impending vision loss or even an impending stroke. Alternatively, large changes in vision can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes.
- Sudden Hearing Loss: Like vision, hearing tends to decrease over time. However, sudden, or even rapid loss of hearing can be a sign of a major problem.
- Sudden Loss of Movement: Mobility decreases with age- especially for individuals who are not regularly active. However, a physician should investigate any rapid loss of movement that happens over several days. Also, any drastic, sudden loss of movement may be due to a stroke and should be treated as an emergency.
- Memory Loss and Confusion: Memory loss can vary depending on individuals as well as any underlying conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. As a caretaker, it is important to be aware of your loved one’s memory and their cognitive abilities. If your loved one suffers from a disorder such as Alzheimer’s that affects both cognition and memory, your doctor can advise you on what to expect.
While being a caretaker for a loved one requires plenty of attention and mental strength, it is also important to know that you are not alone. At Sutton In-Home Senior Care, we are here to help. Contact us today to find out how we can ensure that your loved one gets the best care possible.