Uncategorized | February 2, 2019
Heart disease and cancer usually top the list for health concerns of aging adults, but pneumonia is also life-threatening, especially for seniors. Pneumonia is a lung infection that’s initiated by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Over a million people are hospitalized each year in our country for pneumonia, and many are over 65 years of age. Seniors are, in fact, predisposed to pneumonia as they get older.
The immune system weakens with aging, reducing natural defenses to colds, flu and infections. Therefore, seniors are more susceptible to health problems, with slower recovery, too. When an older adult is in a weakened state, perhaps recovering from illness or surgery, they are even more vulnerable. It may be harder to cough to clear the lungs. Then, even a common cold can lead to lung infection quickly. Parkinson’s disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, HIV, cardiac disease, and other conditions will create even greater challenges for quick recuperation.
Pneumonia is commonplace for seniors but not a normal part of aging. We can lessen the likelihood of pneumonia taking precautions. There’s no guarantee, but we can reduce risk as much as possible with the following suggestions.
Comfort Keepers® can provide in-home care for you or a loved one who is recovering from pneumonia. Trained caregivers can help patients to remember their medication schedule and they will transport to doctor appointments, too. Caregivers can give gentle reminders and encouragement to follow a recommended exercise regimen, too.
Call us today to ask about caring for someone after pneumonia or any of the in-home services offered.