Many seniors who have asthma weren’t diagnosed until later in life. An estimated 6 percent of seniors aged 75 and older suffer from asthma. If your senior mom has asthma, there are a few ways that you can help make sure she stays healthy and happy.
Know About Asthma Treatment Goals
When treating seniors who have asthma, doctors want to focus on the following things:
- Preventing chronic asthma symptoms, specifically asthma attacks
- Normal or near-normal lung function
- Keeping Mom physically active with proper exercise
- Little to no side effects from asthma medications
- Satisfaction with the asthma care being received
Helping Mom Manage Her Asthma
Since treating asthma in senior patients can be more complicated due to additional health issues and often a long list of unrelated medications that must be taken into account, here are some ways that you can help your senior mom manage her asthma as best as possible:
- Make sure she schedules and goes to regular doctor’s visits for her asthma
- Make sure she has an asthma action plan and keeps it up-to-date, should she ever need it during a visit to an emergency room or an unfamiliar doctor
- Help keep all of Mom’s doctors updated on her asthma and asthma medications to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions
- Help Mom avoid places where she might experience environmental triggers, like tobacco smoke and other airborne irritants that could cause an asthma attack
At the end of the day, the best way you can help your senior mom is by continuing to check in with her and her doctors on a regular basis. Look over and update her asthma action plan whenever she is prescribed a new medication from any other her doctors. Go with her to her medical appointments and double-check that they know what asthma medications she takes. Communication is key in helping and preventing negative scenarios.