Oct 31, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Pneumonia can be a frightening experience for your aging parent, and for you as their family caregiver. This disease impacts approximately 3 million people throughout the United States each year, and elderly adults are at the highest risk. Not only are seniors more likely to contract this serious illness, but they are also more likely to experience tremendous consequences, and be at risk of death. By understanding what may cause pneumonia, you can be better prepared to help reduce your senior's risk, to recognize signs they may have contracted the sickness, and to be prepared to give them the care they need should they suffer the illness.
There are several potential causes of pneumonia. These can include:
Senior adults are more vulnerable to illness and infection than younger adults due to immune systems that are not as effective. Health issues, medications, or treatments that further suppress their immune system, unhealthy eating, not enough exercise, and other issues can make them even more vulnerable. Fortunately, elder care can help. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent when it is best for them to help them maintain better health and well-being throughout their later years. This elderly home care services provider can help your parent with germ control efforts, support good lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and regular hydration, and encourage your parent to stay active and engaged in the world around them. For you as a family caregiver, this can help you to feel more confident your parent will be able to stay healthier and safer as they age in place.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering elder care in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.