Senior Care Observances: National Headache Awareness Week

Senior Care in Paoli PA

Senior Care in Paoli PAJune 5 through 11 is National Headache Awareness Week. It is estimated that at least half and as many as three-quarters of adults experience headache symptoms at least once a year. As many as 30 percent of these people experience them far more frequently, even daily. Headaches can be extremely disruptive to your parent’s quality of life and it is important that you show compassion and nurturing when creating a care routine for your loved one.
Use these tips to help your parent cope with frequent headache symptoms:

• Determine their cause. There are many different potential causes for headaches and in order for you to properly care for your senior with these symptoms you must know what is causing them. Some are very simple and need no medical attention while others may be an indication of something much more serious. If your parent has been experiencing increased symptoms or you are concerned by the intensity of the symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss them.

• Show compassion. Headaches are often difficult for the person dealing with them because they are not a visible illness. Unlike many other sicknesses that have obvious symptoms such as a rash or coughing, a headache is something that the person suffers completely alone. This can make your loved one feel as though they are not being understood or that you do not believe that they are actually hurting. Make sure that you show compassion and love to your parent by being understanding and sympathetic. Do not disregard the pain or act like it is “no big deal”. You may not be able to see it, but that does not mean that your parent is not suffering.

• Encourage hydration. One of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration. This is especially true during the hotter months of the year when the body is losing fluid more rapidly and struggling to keep itself cool. Help prevent headaches for your parent by encouraging them to drink fluids regularly. If they are already experiencing headache symptoms, have them drink cool water to elevate their hydration levels. This can help to quickly ease the symptoms of the headache.

• Do not overdo it. When you are enjoying family activities during the summer months it can be easy to get excited and want to just keep going. Getting overheated or overtired, however, increases the chances that your aging parent will experience headache symptoms. Encourage your loved one to pace themselves when participating in activities and outings, especially if they are taking place outdoors on a warm day. Schedule in breaks and be sure that you plan for meals and snacks throughout the day. This will all help to prevent headaches from happening in the first place, and can keep them under control if they do occur.

A senior care provider can be an invaluable source of support and encouragement for your parent when they are suffering from headache symptoms. This care provider can help to encourage more fluid intake and rest, and offer care and assistance when you are enjoying activities with your family so that you can feel more confident that your loved one is safe, healthy, and happy.

Source
http://www.headaches.org/headache-faq/
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Paoli, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO