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What Causes Kidney Problems in Older Adults?

It might seem as if kidney problems show up overnight and out of nowhere, but there are usually years of silent causes pushing away at the body’s ability to keep the kidneys running. Some of these causes could be making your senior’s kidneys work too hard right now.

Home Care Services in Encinitas CA: Kidney Problems

Home Care Services in Encinitas CA: Kidney Problems

 

 

Medications Taken Over Long Periods of Time

Some medications cause your senior’s kidneys to work overtime to process them. Diuretics, NSAIDs, and even some antibiotics all take a toll on your elderly family member’s kidneys. That’s not a problem if she’s taking these medications once in a while, but if she’s taking them for longer periods of time to manage other health issues, that can be a problem. Her doctor will likely monitor your senior’s kidney function to keep an eye on this issue.

Chronic Dehydration

Dehydration means that your elderly family member isn’t drinking enough water or other hydrating fluids to keep her body functioning properly. This can be a problem for your senior’s kidneys because water helps them to flush waste products out of the body. Without enough water, those waste products build up.

Circulatory System Problems

Heart failure, as well as high or low blood pressure, also have an impact on the kidneys. This happens because as blood flows normally throughout the body it helps everything else to flow and to function, too. So problems with blood flow mean that the kidneys don’t get what they need when they need it.

Heredity

If your elderly family member has a family history of kidney issues, she is more likely to develop kidney problems herself. Other risk factors, like having a family history of diabetes or cardiovascular issues, also increase the risk of having trouble with the kidneys later. There’s not much you can do about hereditary causes, but being aware matters.

Lifestyle Choices

Some of the choices your senior makes on a daily basis make a difference in kidney function, too. Eating too much salt, smoking, and other choices can make your elderly family member’s kidneys work more than they should have to work. Over time, those choices can lead to some bigger problems than your elderly family member realized.

Sometimes kidneys stop working for reasons that doctors don’t yet understand. Regardless of why your elderly family member’s kidneys aren’t functioning properly, it’s vital that she has some help when she needs it. Senior care providers can ensure that she’s eating and drinking when she should and they can take her to dialysis appointments if that’s part of her treatment plan.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Encinitas, CA, or the San Diego and Surrounding Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.

Porsha Vogt

Owner at Golden Care
As the owner of Golden Care, Porsha enables seniors in Carlsbad and San Diego County area to live safe, happy lives in their own homes for as long as they can. Her mission, and the mission of Golden Care, includes assisting family members with elder care for their loved ones while maintaining their own professional and personal lives; creating a family-oriented environment, staffed by professional caregivers that go the extra mile to serve seniors; and increasing respect and concern for seniors in our society. Porsha has a degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado and brings her background in finance and entrepreneurialism to the service of seniors and their loved ones through Golden Care.