75-year-old Calvin had always been full of energy and ready to take on any task. But, lately he’d been feeling tired and weak. He found himself sitting in front of the television more often and taking naps, something he’d never done before. Calvin even started skipping his weekly game of cards with his old army buddies. His daughter, Alicia, noticed that her dad wasn’t himself and encouraged him to see a doctor. Calvin agreed it was time to do something to get his old vigor back. Upon visiting the doctor, Calvin learned that he was anemic.
Anemia is common in adults over the age of 65. In fact, the American Society of Hematology estimates that about 10 percent of older adults are anemic. Knowing more about anemia and its symptoms can ensure that your older adult family member gets the necessary medical attention.
What is Anemia?
When a person has anemia, their body doesn’t have an adequate number of red blood cells, so the blood can’t deliver enough oxygen throughout the body to feed tissues. As a result, the person often feels as though they have no energy and sapped of strength.
There are lots of things that can cause anemia, and it can last for just a short time or be a long-term problem. Some cases of anemia are more severe than others. The way anemia is treated can depend on its underlying causes. Sometimes doctors suggest supplements or other medications, but other times medical procedures may be needed.
What are the Symptoms of Anemia?
Because anemia can be a sign of a more serious medical problem, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and seek medical care for the older adult as soon as possible.
The symptoms of anemia include:
-A heartbeat that is sometimes irregular.
-Skin that is pale or tinged yellow.
-Feeling short of breath.
-Pain in the chest.
-Coldness in the hands and feet.
The initial signs of anemia can be very subtle, even unnoticeable. However, as anemia gets worse, the symptoms do, too.
One way to prevent anemia is through eating a healthy diet. Home care can help your aging relative to eat better. Sometimes seniors don’t eat well because cooking becomes difficult for them or because they feel like it’s too much trouble. A home care provider can prepare healthy meals that are rich in iron. Some of the foods a home care provider can make that contain lots of iron are chicken, fish, dark green leafy vegetables, peas, and lentils. If the doctor prescribes medications or suggests supplements, a home care provider can remind the older adult when it is time to take them.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Hoover, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...