Helpful Education on Aging
As we age, it is not uncommon to begin to have chronic pain, disease, and health afflictions. Our compassionate team at Caring Companions is here for you to help you in the event of sickness or injury, and also to assist with activities of daily living to make your life easier. With our quality in-home care, we are happy to provide you with a skilled and compassionate caregiver to help you with all your daily needs. For more information about certain issues that may come up as you age, please read on below.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. It’s caused by conditions or changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and develops slowly over time.
Dementia symptoms vary depending on the cause, but common signs and symptoms include the following:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty communicating
- Inability to learn or remember new information
- Difficulty with planning and organizing
- Difficulty with coordination and motor function
- Personality change
- Inability to reason
- Inappropriate behavior
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Symptoms of cancer depend on the type and location of the tumor, with some cancers not showing symptoms until a later stage, if at all. If the cancer is confined to one location and has not spread, the most common goals for treatment are surgery and cure. If surgery cannot remove all of the cancer, the options for treatment include radiation, chemotherapy, or both. Some cancers require a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Although treatment for cancer can be difficult, there are many ways to keep up your strength.
The three most common cancers in men in the United States are prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. In women in the U.S., the most common are breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
A cancer diagnosis is difficult to cope with. It is important, however, that you discuss the type, size, and location of the cancer and treatment options with your doctor. It’s a good idea to have someone with you at the doctor’s office to help you get through the diagnosis.