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Types of Thyroid Disease in Seniors

There are two variations of thyroid disease—hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. With hyperthyroidism, the thyroid produces an abundance of hormones.
Hypothyroidism is more common in the elderly and describes the condition where the thyroid fails to generate the proper level of hormones. The treatment for each condition varies, so it’s important for family caregivers to work with the doctor on what is best for their aging loved one.

 

Elderly Care in Mauldin SC: Thyroid Disease

Elderly Care in Mauldin SC: Thyroid Disease

 

Hyperthyroidism: Symptoms for this variation of thyroid disease include sweating, digestive issues, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and tremors. Many seniors may show one or more of these symptoms, but family caregivers and senior care providers may not recognize them as they are similar to many other age-related health issues.

Treating hypothyroidism means that aging adults must take medication that slows down the production of hormones. In some cases, surgery is needed to remove part of the thyroid to control hormone production.

 

Hypothyroidism: With the underproduction of hormones, seniors may experience symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, brittle hair and nails, weight gain, aching muscles, a stiffness of joints and increased sensitivity to cold.

Elderly adults are treated for hyperthyroidism via synthetic thyroid hormones that bring the body into balance. After several weeks of treatment, most seniors see the symptoms go away and they feel a lot better.

 

How Thyroid Disease Affects Senior Lives

With thyroid disease, an aging adult definitely needs to be on a treatment plan from a doctor. When the condition is diagnosed early and treatment begins, they will be able to control a lot of the symptoms and minimize long-term health problems. Without treatment, aging adults can face decreased lung capacity, goiters, heart disease, and even mental decline.

In addition to medication, family caregivers and senior care providers can help aging adults by focusing on a healthy diet and exercise. Certain foods containing iodine are linked to thyroid disease prevention and management, including table salt, eggs, whole grain bread, milk, and seafood. Seniors can also benefit from quitting smoking, exercising, and lowering their stress levels.

Family caregivers and senior care providers can work together to create a home atmosphere where seniors can successfully treat thyroid disease and keep the symptoms under control. With medication management and lifestyle adjustments, there’s no reason for aging adults to become sidetracked with thyroid disease.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Mauldin, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.