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  1. Hi Thabo,
    This is a lot of great information for anyone that has elderly parents or even friends or neighbors that may be getting up there in age. I wish I had known this when my mom was getting to that age, looking back now I think there was a lot more I could have done, she would never tell us when she wasn’t feeling so great, always trying to hide it so she wouldn’t be a bother.
    KIm

    • Hi Kim,
      I think a lot of people are in your position. They have an aging parent who doesn’t want to be a bother and thus doesn’t communicate or hides the fact that she or he isn’t feeling well. Nevertheless, I’m glad this information was useful to you. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Loneliness a symptom for back pain…I would never think about this.
    Hello Thabo here I am again. I just love reading your articles, there are so many things to learn…
    Thanks for sharing . It is a very informative and educative article.
    it is very interesting how the human body works and the changes are coming with the age.
    Have a good day
    Cristina

    • Cristina,
      It’s nice to hear from you again. Yes, most people would never think of loneliness as a symptom for back pain. Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but new research suggests that those of us who experience persistent loneliness–an estimated one in five Americans–may face major health consequences. Unfortunately this means a lot of elderly people. So it’s important that they are encouraged to go outside the house and engage in daily activities. Thanks for checking in.

  3. Hi Thabo, an enlightening and informative article you have written here. I had never actually thought about elderly chronic illness (mainly because I have no elderly parents) but it does make me think of my husband’s and my personal futures as we get older…we still have a couple of decades to go, but it is always good to be aware of what to look out for.
    Knowledge is power!
    Thank you for this!

    • Orion,
      You are blessed with good health and an empowering nature that should keep you going strong for a long time. That said, I agree with you that knowledge is power. We should all be aware of the sneaky symptoms that can hurt us as we get older. Thanks for checking in. I wish you continued good health and happiness.

  4. Outstanding post. We have found that as our Mother ages, she still remembers her training as an Registered nurse. She knows her meds and condition better than we do. There are many signs that she is not well and communicating is essential for knowing what is happening with her at any moment. We lost our Father over 18 years ago, and caring for her is what our Father would have wanted us to do. Thank you for your information.

    • Xavier,
      It always a pleasure to hear from you. My mom is also a former Registered nurse, and fortunately she communicates with me when something is not right with her. This has allowed us to take action that has prevented symptoms from developing into more serious illness. I’m sending good thoughts about your mother and your family. Thanks for checking in.

  5. This article has vital information! It is true that we must pay attention to our elders. Many will not communicate well, and many have out-dated information and don’t recognize their own or each other’s symptoms.

    • Dianne,

      You make a very good point about some elderly people having some out-dated information that makes it difficult to recognize their own or each other’s symptoms. Some elderly people also come from a generation that was taught to “tough things out”. They won’t tell anyone about their symptoms until it’s almost too late. I agree with you that good communication is vital to ensure us that we are always aware of the sneaky symptoms that can cause problems for our loved ones. I’m so glad that you found this article valuable. Thanks for checking in.

  6. Hello Thabo,

    Thank you for opening up my eyes – I didn’t realize that behind unease like not feeling the cold and shortness of breath could be a severe disease. Now and then I hear about elderly relatives or friends of our family, that they have fallen and broken their hand, arm or leg. Your post makes me aware of that these accidents may have happened not because of impaired vision or carelessness but more likely because of a heart attack. It is also very sad to hear that elderly often get chronical illnesses because of loneliness.

    I will for sure be more attentive and vigilant in the future.

    Pernilla

    • Hello Pernilla,
      A lot of people are not aware that chronic illness symptoms in the elderly can manifest differently in them than in younger people. This is why I agree with you that caregivers of seniors have to be more attentive and vigilant. Yes, I think it’s very sad when the elderly become chronically ill because of loneliness. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

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