Spina bifida is a congenital condition in which the spine does not develop properly. Sometimes the condition remains undetected and individuals with spina bifida go through the usual signs of aging. However, seniors may display certain signs that indicate they have spina bifida. In an effort to provide you with information about senior health, Prescott elder care experts have put together a list of 5 symptoms commonly associated with spina bifida that a senior with the condition can experience.
1. Bed Sores
Also called decubitus ulcers, bed sores affect a large percentage of seniors with impaired mobility. Since spina bifida can restrict mobility, seniors can be prone to bed sores. When left untreated, these ulcers can become a breeding ground for bacteria. In most cases, bed sores should be cleaned as often as possible with warm water and a mild soap to prevent infection. If the sores become infected, the senior must take an antibiotic to protect his or her immune system.
2. Urinary Incontinence
Just over 16 percent of the population experiences urinary incontinence, and the condition can have a major impact on a senior’s mental and physical health. Seniors with spina bifida are also likely to have incontinence. Older adults with spina bifida who believe they have urinary incontinence should speak with a doctor about a comprehensive treatment plan. Treating this disorder generally requires medication and lifestyle changes.
3. Uneven Hips
Spina bifida can cause pelvic misalignment and affect a senior’s spinal health, joints, and overall quality of life. Over time, it can result in chronic pain throughout the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs. The most effective way to treat uneven hips is to schedule regular appointments with a chiropractor for adjustment.
According to the Spina Bifida Association, over 50 percent of people who have this condition can also be classified as obese. Obesity can increase the risk for heart conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a variety of other conditions. A senior who has spina bifida must control his or her diet and maintain a healthy weight.
Sometimes families and Prescott, AZ, caregivers do not realize spina bifida can impact a senior’s mental health as well. A senior who has been diagnosed with spina bifida should consider speaking with a therapist or joining a support group to discuss his or her mental state and overall happiness.
When a senior has been diagnosed with spina bifida, it is important that he or she receive the right kind of support. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are trained to support your loved one emotionally as well as physically by assisting with mobility and housekeeping tasks. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Prescott seniors and their families can trust. Call 928-771-0105 to speak with one of Care Managers.