Older Adults and Seniors

Month: January 2022

Negative Effects of Dehydration in Older Adults

Negative Effects of Dehydration in Older adults.

Dehydration in older adults occurs when the body begins to lose or use more fluids than it gets.

Humans are approximately 75% water by mass as infants and 50% to 60% water by mass as adults. However, Dehydration occurs due to the inability of an individual to meet up to the body’s requirements of water or fluid intake.

SUMMARY

  • Older adults, children, people with chronic illnesses and people who exercise outside are prone to suffer from dehydration.
  • Less severe dehydration can be treated by replacing lost fluids and lost electrolytes.
  • The risk of dehydration increases in older-adults above 65 years of age.

How to prevent cognitive decline in Older Adults

How to prevent cognitive decline in older adults

What is Cognitive decline?

Cognitive decline or cognitive impairment is a medical condition that results to a person having issues remembering things, concentrating, learning new things, or making decisions.

Summary

  • Cognitive decline may begin after midlife, but most often occurs at higher ages (50 and above).” (Aartsen, et al., 2002)
  • According to centre for disease control (U.S. Data), the prevalence of cognitive decline is 11.1% or 1 in 9 older adults. The 65 year and above presented with a slightly higher SCD percentage when compared with the 45- to 64-year-olds. More men than women presented with SCD. Blacks, African Americans, and Hispanics presented more with SCD. Level of Education and whether a person was living alone were found to be risk factors also.
  • Cognitive decline, otherwise called intellectual decline, can come on abruptly or step by step, and it tends to be super durable or brief. It tends to be startling for the individual encountering the indications just as their loved ones.

How To Manage Anxiety in Older Adults

HOW TO MANAGE ANXIETY IN OLDER ADULTS

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental challenge that is associated with feelings of worries, it can also be associated with fear that tends to affect daily activities or functions.

Summary

  • According to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, anxiety disorders or nervousness issues in older adults are genuinely normal, influencing 10% to 20% of individuals. In any case, anxiety problems are regularly undiscovered. Anxiety is found more regularly than sorrow and intellectual issues in more established older adults.

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