Breathing difficulties can be frightening, and for a senior living with Parkinson’s disease, they may become a part of their life on a much more frequent basis. Breathing difficulties can occur with Parkinson’s disease for a wide variety of reasons, including aspiration pneumonia, anxiety, physical changes related to the Parkinson’s disease that make it more difficult to breathe, and exacerbation of existing problems such as asthma and allergies.
As a family caregiver, it is important for you to not only understand the difficulties your parent is facing but what you can do it to help them cope with these breathing difficulties to not only help with their mental and emotional well-being but also their physical health as they progress through their disease.
Use these tips to help you or senior with Parkinson’s disease deal with breathing difficulties:
-Talk to your senior’s doctor about their difficulties. Encourage your parent to be honest about what they are experiencing, and how they are feeling. They may be able to recommend ways for your parent to better cope as it pertains to their own current condition.
-Ensure your senior is properly managing any health issues they have that can impact their breathing, such as allergies, lung disease, heart failure, or infections.
-Encourage your parent to exercise as much as they can. The less they exercise, the lower their lung capacity will become, and breathing issues will become worse. Talk to their doctor about what types of exercises are safe and effective for your aging parent, and how your parent should know when they have reached their limit.
-Keep their home clean and free from irritants such as dust, dirt, and smoke.
-Help to control their anxiety. This can include participating in a support group, relying on the care of an elder care provider for companionship and boosting confidence, and talking to their doctor about effective management techniques.
It is a common misconception that only people who are very old or who are living with very serious health issues can benefit from elder care. The truth is, even those who are still largely independent, or who only have mild to moderate issues, can benefit tremendously from the customized services of an elderly home care services provider.
A senior can enjoy greater independence and autonomy through access to safe and reliable transportation, mobility support, and companionship. Access to assistance with daily tasks such as keeping their home clean and running errands can also conserve their energy, and save some time, allowing them to focus more on things they want to do and enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle throughout their later years. As a family caregiver, this care can make you feel better about your senior’s quality of life, and relieve your stress.
Are you or a loved one considering Home Care Services in North Little Rock, AR? First Choice Senior Care can help. Serving all of Little Rock and Central Arkansas.
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Kayla believes in advocating for and educating seniors and their families on a variety of topics and issues that impact them.Reflecting on the need for an independent home care provider interested in quality over quantity, she chased her dream of building her own company that would make a significant difference in the lives of seniors, providing a much-needed service in her own local community.
Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University, is licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Long-Term Care Administrator, and is a Certified Senior Adviser.
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