Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), sometimes called renal failure, occurs when the kidneys cease to function at optimal levels. Believe it or not, 1 in every 10 people have it, with the majority being women. Though most cases are mild to moderate, it is important to diagnose it early, as not doing so can lead to complications like stroke and heart disease.
Physicians believe that kidneys generally decline in function as the human body ages. It is estimated that half of all people over 75 have CKD. The numbers will most likely grow, simply because the fastest growing sector of the population is those who are 85 years old and up. In order to reduce the chance of major complications, two important things to keep in mind are: diabetes and high blood pressure. If your favorite senior has been diagnosed with either of these health issues, they are automatically at an increased risk for CKD.
The kidneys serve a great number of functions, including filtering out waste from our blood, helping stimulate bone marrow to produce red blood cells, and helping to control blood pressure. Because of this, we should be aware of the symptoms of CKD so that early detection and treatment can take place. They can include declining appetite, fluid retention, swollen feet and ankles, inability to think clearly, and the need to urinate more frequently.
Have a chat with your elderly loved one to find out if she or he is experiencing any of the above. If the answer is yes, make an appointment with a physician to learn if CKD is present. There are five stages of the disease, and there is a good chance that early detection could lead to fewer problems. But no matter how mild your parent’s CKD may be, a close eye should be kept on the situation to ensure their quality of life does not decline over time.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
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