Caregiving, Seniors with Cancer

The incidence rate of cancer rises so dramatically with age, the World Health Organization lists ageing as a fundamental factor in the development of cancer as over 75% of all cancer diagnoses in the US come from people aged 55 and older. Alzheimers-Care-Dementia So how can you prepare for caring for seniors with cancer diagnosis at an advanced age?

Caregiving – Seniors with Cancer

 

The National Institute on Aging recommends scheduling regular screening tests for several cancers including breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, throat cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer.  Screening exams including pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and prostate specific antigen tests certainly ought to be included in every senior’s medical routine as when cancer is detected early treatment is likely to be far more effective.

It is also important to be aware of rare cancers that seniors are at an extremely high risk for.  Pleural mesothelioma, for example, only affects about 3,000 people a year in the United States but because it has a latency period of 20-50 years before it begins to enter metastasis, it affects seniors almost exclusively.  Even worse, because it’s symptoms- which include difficulty breathing and a fluid build-up in the lungs- are so commonly associated with other diseases seniors commonly face it often is not diagnosed until the cancer has spread through-out the body, making early detection even more invaluable.

Preventative care measures are extremely important, as many seniors are no longer engaged in an active lifestyle.  Regular exercise and a healthy eating plan can not only prolong your life, but, along with abstaining from heavy amounts of alcohol and smoking, are among the best ways to work to prevent cancer from occurring.

A serious concern of taking care of senior diagnosed with cancer is that because seniors have fewer and less effective nerve cells they are far more susceptible to chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and nerve damage than younger people are.  This nerve damage is most common in the extremities such as the arms and legs and can cause a tingling, pain, numbness, or less sensitivity to touch.

Fortunately several simple tasks such as walking can help to circulate the blood can reduce this neuropathy.  Regardless it’s important to keep sharp objects such as razors, knives, and scissors out of the hands of seniors with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy may not feel a cut until it becomes serious, and avoid extreme temperatures as these may further damage nerve cells and cause pain and agitation.

In the end, thousands of seniors are diagnosed with cancer each day marking the beginning of a devastating and life-threatening journey for both them and their caregivers, but the best chances for a healthy recovery is to be aware of the dangers and continue to receive regular scheduled screenings so that a tumor, if found, is found early.  To contact us “Click Here”. Caregiving, Senior with Cancer.

About Zack McConnell

We have found that the elderly, with a care and assistance, can lead a healthy, safe life in the comfort of their own homes. At Approved In Home Care, it is our goal to help you or your loved enjoy the benefits and independence of remaining in your own home; in a familiar safe and comfortable environment for as long as possible.

At Approved In Home Care we provide highly qualified in-home caregivers to seniors and the elderly who need help or assistance. Approved In Home Care is an accredited Personal Assistance Service by the State of Texas and The Department of Aging and Disability Services, with access to recognized experts in senior care and care for the elderly.

At Approved In Home Care we provide our staff and clients the most modern and updated educational resources available. This allows us to provide the highest quality of care services for seniors and the elderly in Dallas, TX and the surrounding communities.

Approved In Home Care has the advantage of being a family owned, local owned and operated non-franchise business in the Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall and Grayson counties. When you contact us you will talk directly to one of the owners or one our select and highly trained care managers.

You’re loved one may only need a little extra help around the house for few hours each week or possibly they may need around the clock 24 hour attention, Approved In Home Care is the answer. We build a custom care plan around your specific needs.

If you have a family member who could benefit from assistance by a caregiver that is trained to provide elder care services in Dallas, TX contact the staff at Approved In Home Care.

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