April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month.
For you as a family caregiver, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about IBS, how it can impact your senior, and what you can do to give them the care and support they need to manage their condition effectively. This syndrome is often not talked about but can be extremely disruptive. Knowing more about it can help you to ensure your parent gets the care they need to cope and pursue better health.
Some things you should know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, include:
- Though exact numbers are not known due to misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis, experts estimate that between 25 and 45 million adults throughout the United States are currently living with IBS.
- More than 60 percent of IBS sufferers are female.
- This accounts for approximately 2 out of every 3 sufferers.
- IBS can and does occur in people of all ages.
- Though most people with IBS are under the age of 50, there are many elderly adults who are living with the condition as well. It is important to acknowledge this as many believe seniors cannot have the condition and therefore don’t seek proper treatment.
- Though the exact reasons behind the condition are not known, it is believed there is a disruption between the way the brain, gut, and nervous system communicate.
- The impact of the condition can range from mild to very severe. Those with severe versions can find their condition debilitating.
- Symptoms can vary widely, even in the same individual. Your parent may experience severe diarrhea and then constipation, or go for days or weeks with mild to no symptoms.
- Between 20 and 40 percent of visits to gastroenterologists are due to the symptoms of IBS.
It is very important to note that IBS cannot be self-diagnosed and your parent should seek care from their doctor if they suspect they may have this condition.
The symptoms of IBS often mimic those of other intestinal disorders, some very serious, so it is critical to make sure they get an accurate diagnosis and can start the management and care they truly need.
The dedicated care of an elderly care provider can be invaluable in helping your parent cope with the challenges and health issues and chronic illness. An elderly home care services provider can step in to give your senior the dedicated attention and support they need to empower them to take control of their health. This includes helping them eat a healthy, balanced diet, medication reminders to support compliance with their prescriptions, help with activities of daily living, and more. This allows your parent to make managing their disease just one part of their life, rather than the complete focus.
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