The older your parents get, the more you worry about their health. Not only are you worried about their health, but you’re worried about your own too. You’d read things that prove concerning. Here’s a look at some of the medical myths you’ve probably heard.
Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s, so You Will Too.
For years, experts suggested that having a parent with Alzheimer’s was a virtual guarantee that you also would develop the disease. While there is a higher risk of having Alzheimer’s if one parent had the disease, it’s not a guarantee that you will have it. Some people never develop Alzheimer’s, even though at least one parent did.
There’s No Way to Keep My Elderly Mom From Becoming Depressed.
Seniors diagnosed with a chronic disease or who are isolated and lonely can become depressed. Again, it’s not a guarantee though. Many seniors never develop depression. Keeping your mom active, social, and eating properly can all help her avoid depression.
Seniors Can Easily Injure Themselves if They Exercise Too Vigorously.
Your mom wants to go hiking, but you fear she’ll injure herself. Your dad wants to ride his bike across Europe. You feel it’s just too much for someone his age. Some seniors may be more prone to injury, but they don’t have to be. Fitness programs can help strengthen joints, muscles, and balance. The best thing to do is talk to a doctor and work with a trainer to find fitness programs that match your parent’s abilities.
Your Parents’ Cold House Puts Them at Risk of Catching a Cold.
To cut costs, your parents turned down their thermostat. You fear that the cold rooms are going to give them a cold. Stop worrying. A cold is a virus that is not received by being in a cold temperature. Some believe that a virus may spread more easily in a cooler temperature, but your parents will still get that cold because of the germs from an infected person.
Typically, your parent gets the cold by touching someone or something that was infected. Before washing their hands properly, they rub their nose or put their hands to their mouth. The germs spread into their body from there.
Dairy Products Make Your Parent More Congested When They’re Sick.
You grew up being told that drinking milk or eating dairy when you’re sick increases phlegm production. That’s not the case. Dr. James Steckelberg of the Mayo Clinic says that frozen dairy can actually be soothing to a scratchy sore throat. Dairy also provides calories that you might not be getting due to your lack of appetite when you’re sick.
Caregivers offer a helping hand when your parent is sick or cannot handle all household activities. Trust them to plan and prepare healthy meals, ensure your parent is taking medications, and make sure your parent rests when sick. Call an agency today to learn more about the benefits of caregivers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.