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Seniors and Shingles – Barrie

Shingles is uncomfortable and difficult for seniors, but with support and help seniors can better manage the experience until they feel better. As is the case with any illness, it can be challenging and stressful to care for a loved-one who is dealing with Shingles. An understanding of the basics of Shingles and how it impacts the body can help caregivers to know what their loved-ones need as they work to feel better.  What is Shingles? Shingles is related to the Chickenpox that so many of us had as children. The varicella-zoster virus that causes the Chickenpox can remain within the body and can become active again in adulthood causing Shingles. Shingles impacts nerves throughout the body and causes a rash on the skin. Common symptoms of Shingles are as follows: Fever Achy Body Itchiness Headache Rash/Blistering Burning Sensation Nerve Pain The pain that comes with Shingles can be severe and hard to deal with, and older adults often experience more extreme cases of Shingles. A case of Shingles can stick around for a few weeks (often between three and five). It is important that seniors and their caregivers keep a close eye on how things are going to make sure they can detect any changes that might indicate the development of complications and can seek the help of a medical professional should trouble arise.  Having Shingles When a case of Shingles is active, there are some measures to take to protect others and to ease the discomfort a little bit until it is over. In terms of preventing the spread of Shingles to others, it is important to...

Proper Foot Care for Seniors – Retire-At-Home Barrie

Caring properly for our feet is important for our continued health and comfort in older age for a number of reasons. Properly caring for feet in a thorough and sufficient way can become difficult for seniors as they continue to age, so it is especially important that strategies and support systems be put into place that help seniors avoid harmful or uncomfortable conditions and diseases that can affect the health of their feet. Feet and Overall Health Our feet can tell us a lot about our bodies’ overall health, and remaining aware of changes and symptoms in our feet can sometimes even help to detect other health problems that are more widespread. Conditions such as arthritis, circulatory problems, and diabetes are often discovered through symptoms that have manifested in senior’s feet. It is for this reason, among others, that seniors should make sure their feet are getting enough attention and should see a healthcare professional whenever changes or concerns arise. Some things to look out for that may indicate greater health concerns include: Weak Nails Discolouration Numbness Constant Feelings of Cold Dry Skin Tingling Seniors and Their Feet All the wear and tear that seniors’ feet have gone through over the course of their many years, paired with the changes that take place as natural parts of the aging process, leads elderly feet to be increasingly vulnerable, fragile, and susceptible to developing problems.  With age, feet will often flatten out and lose some of the cushioning that was present at the bottom of the foot, while the health of bones, ligaments, skin, and nails also changes with age. The...

Helping Seniors Manage Knee Pain – Barrie

Our knees endure a great deal carrying us around for so many years, so they tend to become a more troublesome spot as we reach older age. Gravity, time, and general wear all have an impact on the state of our knees, and all of these elements in combination with one another over the course of the many years that seniors have been walking, add up to create issues that can interfere with seniors’ mobility. Things That Contribute to Knee Pain In addition to the general wear and tear of the knees that occurs over the course of many years, there are also other conditions and factors that can cause occasional or persistent knee pain for seniors. These can include, but are not limited to: Obesity Trauma or Injury History of High-Impact Use (Such as sports or exercise) Osteoarthritis (cartilage breakdown) Overuse Alleviating Knee Pain There are many ways to help manage the knee pain that seniors may begin to face, and the best options for each senior are dependent on the personal circumstances of their health and lifestyle. Some seniors may have to have surgery in the form of a knee replacement, a procedure that removes damaged bone and cartilage and replaces it with a synthetic joint. Others will not need to go as far as surgery, and will be able to alleviate or manage their discomfort through physical therapy, or appropriate pain killers prescribed by a healthcare professional. Talking though all concerns and options with a healthcare professional is the best place to start, so schedule an appointment with a doctor should pain start to cause concern...

Understanding and Tending to Diabetes in Seniors – Barrie

Diabetes, and the symptoms that accompany it, impact the lives of an incredible number of Canadians of varying ages, from diverse backgrounds. When it comes to seniors, the challenges that accompany Diabetes can be even more difficult to deal with because of the more delicate state of overall health that many seniors experience in their older age. To ensure that all needs are being appropriately met and tended to, it is important that caregivers and loved-ones of seniors with Diabetes become more aware of information related to the nature of the disease, how it alters seniors’ bodies and lifestyles, and what measures can be taken to set up a better quality of life for seniors dealing with the realities of Diabetes. Types of Diabetes The term ‘Diabetes’ refers to a set of metabolic diseases that generate problems with blood sugar, because levels of insulin created or used within the body are inadequate. This deficiency can either come from insufficient production of insulin in the body, or because the body’s cells are not able to appropriately respond to the insulin that is made. The following is some basic information concerning Diabetes that offers a baseline of information from which point further knowledge can be sought: Type 1 Diabetes: This type of Diabetes was formerly referred to as juvenile or insulin-dependent Diabetes, and the people who experience Type 1 are most often children, teens, or adults below the age of 35. It is with this form of Diabetes that the body produces no insulin whatsoever, and people with Type 1 will require insulin pumps or injections throughout the duration of their...