By Linda Colvin Rhodes

If you're getting ready to tackle the accountability of taking care of an getting older dad or mum, this publication courses you thru the tricky offerings it is advisable make.

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Medications, an acute illness, a urinary tract infection or endocrine problems can all cause incontinence. It could also be the symptom of an underlying disease, and that’s why she needs a physician to do the detective work to find out what’s really going on. There also might be a weakening of the muscles supporting the urinary tract. There are three major types of incontinence: ➤ Stress incontinence. The muscles of the pelvic floor, which have been dutifully supporting the bladder for all these years, become weakened—mostly due to the wear and tear of childbirth and menopause’s hormonal changes.

My mom has this condition and recently had a coughing spell leaving her with a broken rib. A slight fall on another occasion left her with a severely fractured wrist. Even though she fears a hip fracture, she stays active but has become much more cautious in her moving about. Why are our mothers breaking their bones? Osteoporosis simply means porous bones. Ever buy coral for your goldfish bowl or aquarium? Mom’s bones are pretty similar. They might seem hard but they are porous. The more porous the bone, the less dense it is, making the bone structurally weak.

I’ve Had It with Counting Sheep! I can still hear my mom telling me to come in from a great game of hide ’n’ seek because it was bedtime. ” Now, I’m here years later with a teenage son who needs 10 hours (I just wish it wasn’t during school). Growing bodies do need a good amount of sleep to recharge those Energizer Bunny bodies of theirs. But the older body sleeps less soundly. On average it will take Dad longer to fall asleep and he’ll sleep lighter than he did in his younger days. He might nap more, but it’s light sleep that he’s getting.

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