As women grow older, they often overlook reproductive health. Changes in this area of the body can have a significant impact on overall wellbeing, especially if there is no preventative screening and care. Palm Beach elder care experts recommend all senior women use these four tips to better manage their reproductive health.
1. Discuss Changes in Bladder Control with the Doctor
Age-related changes in hormone production can be especially difficult for women. Having less estrogen in the body can result in both a gradual weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and gradual loss of bladder control. Elderly women who develop stress incontinence may feel relieved after a discussion with the doctor. Hormone replacement products, along with special targeted exercises, can help women retain bladder control well into their golden years by strengthening and rebuilding the pelvic floor muscles.
2. Talk to the Doctor about Estrogen-Related Changes in Bone Density
In addition to weaker pelvic floor muscles, postmenopausal women can also experience a significant decrease in bone density. If unaddressed, this can increase the likelihood of broken bones, fractures, and contusions. Scheduling regular gynecological visits gives your loved one the opportunity to offset these changes through better nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, and strategic bone density-building exercises.
3. Promote and Preserve the Health of the Adrenals
The adrenal glands are designed to produce hormones that mimic the effects of estrogen. If healthy and functioning properly, these glands can naturally mitigate the menopause symptoms, including weakening of the pelvic floor, vaginal dryness, bone density loss, mood swings, hot flashes, and night sweats. Senior women with extreme menopause symptoms may be in a state of adrenal fatigue or adrenal failure. Learning to moderate stress, eat properly, and maintain a balanced fitness plan are all vital to continued comfort and health post-menopause. Help your loved one make these lifestyle changes with live-in or respite care Palm Beach families can trust.
4. Establish a Preventative Plan for Sexual Health
For aging adults, finding the right type of birth control is hardly an issue. However, seniors who maintain active lifestyles must have solid strategies in place to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. By working with a trusted gynecologist, a senior woman can learn more about options in STD prevention and can secure products she is comfortable using.
If you cannot accompany your loved one to medical appointments, consider hiring a trained caregiver from Home Care Assistance who can drive him or her to the doctor’s office. We offer several types of services for seniors, from hourly care to comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia home care Palm Beach families can rely on. To learn more about the services we offer, schedule a free consultation and call a Care Manager at 561.429.8292.