Asthma and SeniorsTuesday, June 23, 2020
Asthma and Seniors
Why This Respiratory Disease Is No Child’s Play
When people think of asthma sufferers, they often think of a child on the playground reaching for their inhaler. Asthma is not just for kids. Asthma impacts an astounding number of adults as well. In fact, over 19 million people over the age of 18 have asthma.
What some people might find shocking is the number of senior citizens who are impacted by asthma. Over 2 million seniors struggle with asthma. For sufferers of the disease, symptoms can feel like the air is being sucked from your lungs and breathing is just unbearable at times. For others, it’s as simple as a slight wheeze in fall and spring. No matter the way it presents itself, asthma makes life for many seniors a little harder when symptoms are present.
So, is there anything seniors who suffer from asthma can do to reduce the severity of symptoms? Let’s take a look at some suggestions to see if there is any relief on the horizon.
It seems like every article out there involving health in older Americans starts with activity. Staying active will help your doctor get a good idea of what your true lung capacity is. This can help your doctor plan effective treatment. Exercise is also good for the lungs and can help you get the most out of the lung capacity you function with.
Monitor Your Breathing
Now that you’ve started your exercise program and know how your lungs are functioning at normal levels, you can begin to monitor your breathing for any changes. On the tech side, you can purchase a peak flow meter to check your lung capacity. On the natural side, you can just look for changes in breathing after activities like walking up staircases. If your breathing is more labored than normal after performing the task, you might want to see your doctor and bring it to their attention.
Stop the Usual Suspects
Respiratory infections and allergy flare-ups can trigger asthma symptoms, so you’ll want to make sure to take a daily allergy medicine. See your doctor before starting any treatment for allergies, influenza, colds, or viruses.
Cut out the Smoke
Smoking is a leading cause of asthma and respiratory issues. Seniors often say that they are “too old” or that it's too late in life to quit. The truth is that even second-hand smoke can trigger asthma symptoms. The smoke can also cause allergic reactions which can lead to further symptoms. If you can stop smoking, you are doing your body a huge favor and your asthma symptoms should lessen as your lungs get stronger.
At McGregor Amasa, you can expect to keep safe and comfortable. We are an all-inclusive facility that believes in delivering the best care possible, no matter what the illness is that our residents are battling. We are in this together!