If you’re an older adult with asthma, make sure to keep track of your lung function and identify any breathing problems immediately. Checking with your doctor is important because some symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath, a cough, chest tightness, and fatigue, can be an indication of certain age-related health problems, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
Managing your asthma may become more challenging in later life. You may experience changes in symptoms and be dealing with asthma alongside other illnesses. However, professional nursing and home care can help you manage your asthma to minimize risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
To guide you, the following are our suggestions for managing asthma symptoms as you age:
- Use your medications as prescribed.
Many older adults discontinue their prescribed asthma treatment if they aren’t experiencing symptoms anymore. Unfortunately, discontinuing your treatment can cause symptoms to return, often unexpectedly. Make sure to continue your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Stay active.
Too often, older adults are fearful of physical activity because of their asthma. However, many experts agree that light exercise will regularly boost your lung power, increase your stamina, and reduce breathlessness. However, make sure to ask your doctor to help you develop an exercise plan that takes into account how well your lungs are working. Rely on your nurse or home care aid to encourage and help you with exercise.
- Ask your asthma nurse to support you.
For aging adults at home, having nursing care services in your home can help with consistently monitoring and reviewing your asthma as you get more active. They can also help you with breathing techniques.
If you are interested in assistance for yourself or your aging loved one with asthma, contact Passionate Private Duty. We offer nursing care and home care services in Pingree Grove, Illinois and surrounding communities.