7 Geriatric Syndromes

As you may know, the geriatrics field is healthcare focused on elders. As our elder family members get older they may develop some of the below common geriatric syndromes. It is important to see if they are having any of the below issues and getting medical attention.

  1. Bladder Control Problems– uncontrolled urine leaks are a large problem which can happen from an overactive bladder, poor closure of bladder, blockage of urethra, and other health issues. Also known as urinary incontinence, this may cause other problems that effects the quality of life. It is important to receive medical attention, as this can greatly improve or eradicate leakage. Treatment can vary from therapy, exercises, devices, medications or surgery.
  2. Sleep Problems– this ranges from issues falling asleep at night to being too tired during the day. Not getting enough sleep can cause many other health issues and make a senior feel weak leading to other accidents.
  3. Delirium– this happens when seniors are confused and have immediate behavior changes which causes them to:
  • go in and out of consciousness
  • lose attention and memory
  • lose muscle control
  • have sleep and waking issues

You should know the signs and seek medical attention immediately.

  1. Dementia– this is a problem remembering things needed to complete daily tasks. Assistance is important for elders with dementia. Dementia may have similar signs as delirium, except this is typically caused by Alzheimer’s Disease and develops slowly instead of immediately.
  2. Falls– elders falling is one of the largest issues to look out for. Seniors may fall due to hazards in the home like floor mats and steps, side effects from medicine, eye sight problems, weakness and more.

Preventive measures can be put into place such as railings, soft flooring and table edges, ramps, etc. Exercise and physical therapy can also help prevent falls.

  1. Osteoporosis: this happens when senior’s bones become weak and may break easily when falling. It is recommended to get a bone mass density (BMD) test at the age of 65 and older.

A senior can improve their bone density by consuming more calcium and vitamin D and exercising.

  1. Weight Loss– some seniors may lose too much weight that is outside the healthy range. This can due to a serious health issue or a loss of their sense of taste.

 

At Family Bridges Home Care, we know the importance of paying attention to a seniors health and notifying you immediately if there are any issues. We can work with the recommended guidance from you and the senior’s doctor to ensure they are safe and healthy at all times. Contact Family Bridges at  (888) 900-0048 or by our contact form here.

 

Source: http://www.healthinaging.org/resources/resource:guide-to-geriatric-syndromes-part-i/

Mike Garfunkel
About Mike Garfunkel
Mike is currently the administrator for Family Bridges, which is a home care agency in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. He is fully dedicated to providing the best home care services for the elderly.