We want to provide you with information that may help you and your family. Here’s some information about what to watch with our loved ones during this uncertain time.
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Symptoms of COVID-19 might exhibit differently in the senior population than in younger age groups. This has to do with how older bodies respond to illness and infection. While we are watching for fever, cough, and shortness of breath as common symptoms, seniors may exhibit the following symptoms:
If someone has chronic illnesses, these can mask or interfere with signs of any infection. Some seniors have altered cough reflexes, especially if they have chronic pulmonary or neurological issues. If someone has cognitive decline, they may not be able to communicate the symptoms they are experiencing, i.e. dizziness, disorientation, inability to speak.
We all need to stay aware and alert to these symptoms in order to get someone tested early and to be sure anyone coming into the home is using appropriate PPE for their own and the senior’s protection. If someone exhibits unusual symptoms for a couple of days, reach out to your physician with questions and request an evaluation and possible testing. Want to know more? Check out this article: https://khn.org/news/seniors-with-covid-19-show-unusual-symptoms-doctors-say/
Elizabeth Downing is Care Coordinator for Timesavers Concierge, Caregiving & Chauffeur in Bowling Green and Owensboro, Kentucky. A 1982 graduate of WKU, Elizabeth found her passion in advocating and providing care for older adults and those beginning to navigate life’s transitions. Timesavers seeks to raise awareness of issues relating to aging and caring for aging loved ones, and to let people know they are not alone in the journey, while working to provide the highest quality day to day care available. Elizabeth is an Aging Life Care™ Professional; a Positive Approach to Care™ Certified Independent Consultant; and has completed a Certificate in Care Management from Boston University. She facilitates a family caregiver support group each month.