Dyspnea is more commonly known as shortness of breath. It’s not unusual for your senior to become short of breath after a hard workout, but if she’s experiencing dyspnea to an extreme degree, she may be in medical danger. Learning what to look for can help you to get her the medical assistance that she needs as soon as possible.
If She Can’t Get Enough Air to Speak
When you first notice that there’s something happening with your aging adult, it’s important to try talking to her so that you can see how she responds. If she’s trying to respond but can’t get enough air, she may not be able to speak at all. It’s a little bit better sign if she’s able to get all or most of a sentence out, but you’ll still need to watch for other signs.
If She’s Falling Over or Passing Out
As your elderly family member becomes too short of breath for too long, her muscles aren’t able to keep functioning. She might become too weak to even hold herself upright. She might completely collapse against something sturdy, such as a wall or the chair she’s sitting in. In severe situations, she might even lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen.
If She’s Becoming Confused
Your elderly family member might be able to talk in short sentences, but pay attention to what she’s saying. If she’s sounding confused or if she’s having a hard time focusing on what you’re saying, she may not be getting enough oxygen to her brain. This can be extremely dangerous and needs immediate help from medical professionals. Try asking your senior simple questions that she should know the answer to as a quick test.
When Other Signs Her Doctor Mentions Are Present
Depending on your aging family member’s other health conditions, breathing problems might be something that her doctor is aware of and has warned you about. Pay close attention to what the extreme danger signs are so that you know when you should contact emergency personnel. Waiting too long is not a good idea in this situation as it can seriously compromise your elderly family member’s health.
Make sure that you let her home care services providers know whether your senior is at risk of becoming extremely short of breath. Once they’re aware, they can help you to spot signs sooner that she might be pushing herself too hard or be in danger of becoming extremely short of breath.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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