Elder Care in Port St. Lucie FL
June is PTSD Awareness Month. “PTSD” stands for post-traumatic stress disorder and is a condition that is fairly common among the elderly, particularly those who served in the armed forces during their younger years or who survived traumatic events such as war. Seniors can also suffer PTSD for a variety of other reasons, such as experiencing a natural disaster that caused extensive damage, witnessing the death or severe injury of a loved one, surviving a disaster such as a plane or automobile crash, or being involved in an abusive domestic or family relationship. Whatever the cause of the PTSD, it is important that you keep this issue in mind when caring for your aging parent. Acknowledging what your parent is going through and taking steps to resolve it will help your loved one to work through these difficult emotions and live a more fulfilling, enjoyable quality of life.
It is important to remember that your aging parent is an individual and the way that they experience PTSD will be specific to them. This means that the symptoms that they experience may not be what you expect, or that they may change as they get older. Symptoms may arise months or even years after the event, so even a senior who has not seemed to suffer ill-effects of a traumatic effect may start to experience these issues many years later.
Some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include:
- Frequently expressing self-blame for the event
- Survivor guilt
- Feelings of betrayal
- Aches and pains
- Emotional sensitivity
- Short temper
- Flashbacks or frequently “reliving” the event
- Blocking out the event or having difficulty remembering details of it even if it occurred when they were adults
- Emotional numbness
- Disconnection from those around them
- Feeling a sense of limitation or emptiness when thinking about the future
- Sudden “fight or flight” episodes in which your parent’s nervous system becomes overactive and they experience issues such as a racing heartbeat, sweating, difficulty breathing, and a sense of doom
PTSD can be an extremely difficult issue for your aging parent to cope with. They may feel fine one moment and then experience a sensory trigger such as a smell or a sound that brings them right back to the traumatic event. This can lead to emotional and mental health challenges as well as diminished physical health. Compassionate, supportive care is essential in this situation to help your aging parent cope with the effects of the disorder and continue to enjoy a high quality of life. If your aging parent is dealing with PTSD, an elder care provider can be a valuable source of support and encouragement for them. This care provider can offer a personalized care approach designed to help your loved one cope with their feelings and stay safe, healthy, and strong when they do arise. In conjunction with the care that you offer, this elderly home care provider can support a healthier, happier lifestyle for your loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Port St. Lucie, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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