Being proactive about health is one of the best things that anyone can do to protect themselves and support a healthier, more fulfilling, fuller life. If you are a family caregiver, encouraging your parent to be proactive and to take the steps that will help them to make the decisions about their health that are right for them can be one of your most valuable responsibilities. Sometimes, however, it can be confusing and even overwhelming to try to figure out what your parent should do and when to guard their health.
One particularly important form of being proactive about health is to regularly undergo cancer screenings. A mammogram can be a valuable means of detecting anomalies and problems within the breast that might indicate the presence of cancer. Knowing if your parent should get such a test, however, might not be as simple as just knowing that they should do it.
Current recommendations state that women between the ages of 40 and 44 should get a mammogram if they wish to. This recommendation changes to yearly screenings for women between the ages of 45 and 54. Once women hit the age of 55, the recommendation is to switch to bi-yearly mammograms. This, however, is not the only means of determining if your parent should get a mammogram. In fact, many doctors state that seniors should get such a screening only if they are in good health and if they are expected to live for another ten years or more.
The decision about whether your parent should get a mammogram is very personal. It is important that they consider not only their personal health and life-expectancy, but also their perspectives on cancer treatment when determining if they should undergo a mammogram. For some seniors, getting tested is not important because they know that they would not pursue treatment if they were diagnosed with the disease. For others, they want to know so that they can be fully informed to make the decision that is right for them at the time.
Home care can be a fantastic addition to your caregiver journey with your elderly parent. With an in-home senior care services provider your aging parent will have access to the care, support, and assistance that they need, as well as the added benefit of additional companionship and social interaction. The personalized services this care provider can give to your parent are tailored to your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, and designed to help your parent stay healthy, safe, and comfortable while also encouraging greater activity, engagement, fulfillment, and independence. As a family caregiver, this can give you a greater sense of confidence that both when you are able to be with your parent and when you are not, they are getting everything that they need to live their highest quality of life as they age in place.
If you or someone you know needs home care in Buffalo, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.