Aging is a natural event that occurs in the life cycle of everyone. However, with the increasing age, there are emotional changes in the body of old people as well. Many senior citizens lose their physical and mental abilities as time passes by, but this does not mean that the caretaker has to ignore their wellbeing. If you are in a profession concerning taking care of old people or are planning to pursue it, then this post will help you understand the challenges dealing with such aged patients. Note that helping old people is a privilege that will offer you job satisfaction, blessings, and improve your self-esteem among the society. Thus, you can pursue this important career option. That said, here are some challenges that you need to face while dealing with old people in your medical career.
Dealing with memory
Older adults often forget things, but if there is a progression in the memory loss, then it can be a problem. If you are a Gerontology Nurse, then you may need to attend the person to prevent total loss of memory that may lead to dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. Over 60% old people around the world are affected with such a disease that can be very hard to cope with.
Coping with their diet
Another hurdle in the career of a medical professional while facing old patients is their diet plan. Unlike younger patients, old patients may already be prone to various digestive and allergic problems that require selective food products only. Some senior patients can be too grumbly due to discomforting illnesses that they start to avoid eating food. This results in lack of nutrition in them, which can be problematic. Thus, you will have to come up with emotional and psychological techniques to help them follow a strict diet plan without making them uncomfortable.
Helping with physical activity
Old age also results in depletion in the physical strength, agility and stamina. Some patients may feel the decrease in strength more often than others. Some may be too lazy to follow a workout schedule to cope up with their bodies. You may need to prepare motivational techniques to help seniors overcome their fear of not moving a certain part of their body and help them perform physical activity. Build their confidence so they can join the gym and improve their strength and endurance.
Dealing with their aggression
Some old patients can be too complaining due to some factors, such as lack of comfortable environment, mental stress, physical pain, etc. Your job is to calm them down by communicating with them. Learn to understand their situation and find ways to reduce their emotional and physical pain as much as possible.
The mental and physical wellbeing of a senior patient is more stressful and daunting than that of a normal patient, as you may often need to support them both physically and mentally. Nevertheless, medical profession faces all sorts of patients regardless of age difference, so prepare yourself for all possible situations.
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