A symptom such as incontinence truly requires a caregiver’s patience and loving heart. It can be one of the most sensitive issues a loved one can experience. However, there are ways to manage incontinence so quality of life is not compromised.
Conquering the fear and embarrassment a loved one feels because of incontinence is one of a caregiver’s main challenges. The fear of being wet and then being discovered, especially in public, is emotionally straining. Many people with incontinence may refuse to leave their homes in order to be close to a bathroom. This behavior really leads to unnecessary isolation and robs a loved one of time with friends and family.
As our loved ones get older, we may discover changes in their behavior. Such changes may include indifference or an aversion to changing clothes on a regular basis, bathing, or fixing one’s hair. This can be more than just a one-time occurrence, as some older adults may exhibit dramatic changes in hygiene habits.
Your skin: It's the largest organ in the body and the only one that's readily visible to you and the rest of the world. Skin provides attractive packaging that also protects your body from the elements. As middle age approaches your skin also provides the first clues that your body is getting older.
The skin is the first organ to show visible signs of the aging process, such as: wrinkles around the eyes and lines on the forehead; dry, thin, fragile, itchy, sagging skin; thinning hair, baldness; rough skin that bruises easily; longer healing process; and decrease in perspiration.
These changes in the skin occur in almost everyone as they age and are a normal part of the aging process.