Name

Young pair of hands holding pair of hands of an elderly woman

Daily life as a caregiver can be taxing physically and emotionally. Complicating matters, if a loved one has a dementia-related illness, he or she may behave in ways that are confusing and frustrating for you. 

Anger and agitation are two of these behaviors that can be especially frustrating for caregivers. 

Reasons behind it

Different hearing aids.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 30% of seniors ages 65 to 74 have impaired hearing, and almost half over age 74 do. “Adults typically notice a change in their hearing starting in their 50s,” says Annette Mazevski, Au.D, Ph.D., C.C,C,-A., F.-A.A.A. Dr.

Man with shingles.

If you ever had chickenpox, the virus that causes it—varicella zoster virus, or VZV—is still in your system. Specifically, VZV has been hiding out in your nerve cells. If you are lucky, it will stay there. 

Image of two feet with ten toes.

“Aging is a gradual process that affects all parts of our body, including our feet,” says Sophia Deben, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center in Doral, Fla. “A podiatrist can be a valuable member of your health care team.” 

Foot problems, minor and major

Senior researching on a laptop.

Beginning in the 1970s, Medicare beneficiaries could choose to receive benefits via private health insurance plans. Today, this program is known as Medicare Advantage, or Part C.

Anxious-looking senior talking on the phone.

 

Anxiety is a general term that encompasses several conditions. “Anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety,” says Nicki Nance, Ph.D., associate professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. 

Cartoon image of a dry eye.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), about five million seniors in this country have dry eyes. 

Senior woman dressed in white performing tai chi on a beach.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2013 to 2015, an estimated 54.4 million U.S. adults annually had been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. 

Woman in discussion with physician

“The biggest mistake people make when planning elective surgery is not finding out if they need it in the first place,” says Dennis Deruelle, M.D., author of Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine (Simon & Shuster, 2017).