Respiratory Issues can create challenges for seniors.
We all get a little out of breath sometimes when we overexert ourselves or push ourselves a bit too hard, but having troubles with breathing on a regular basis can be a real problem. For seniors, the more vulnerable state of health that so often comes with older age can increase the risk of developing a more serious Respiratory issue, such as Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Pulmonary Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, and other similar conditions. It is important that loved-ones and caregivers keep an eye out for signs that seniors are having trouble breathing, so that they can act accordingly and can adjust seniors’ lifestyles, environments, and routines to help alleviate problems and make things a little more manageable if a Respiratory condition is at play.
Noticing A Problem
There are lots of changes that take place as we age, and it can sometimes be challenging to differentiate between normal changes, and ones that require a little more attention or concern. When it comes to Respiratory problems, the following are things to look out for that might indicate a problem:
- Persistent Coughing
- Changes or Difficulty Breathing While Asleep
- Sudden Pain in the Chest
- Severe or Persistent Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Unusual Coloured Phlegm
Should you notice any of these problems, or any other persistent issues with breathing that are impacting quality of life or ability to function, see a doctor as soon as possible to get the problem checked out. Medical professionals can help to identify the problem and discuss how best to address it.
When it comes to persistent or chronic Respiratory issues, there are some changes, adjustments, and strategies, that can be implemented to help make things a little better.
- Quit Smoking
- Have A Consistent Sleep Routine
- Stay Hydrated
- Vacuum Frequently
- Use a HEPA filter
Talking to a healthcare professional can help provide greater information on what strategies and treatments can help make a difference for individual cases.
Respiratory problems can be difficult to deal with, but with support and encouragement from loved-ones, caregivers, and medical professionals, seniors can continue to live a full and happy life despite Respiratory challenges.