Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition of the gut. It causes inflammation and uncomfortable symptoms that can interfere with your aging relative’s daily life. The condition has no cure, but it can be treated, allowing your older family member to more fully enjoy their life. Knowing more about the disease can help family caregivers to respond to the symptoms as they occur and take steps to better manage the disease.
General Information About Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is considered a kind of inflammatory bowel disease. It can impact different parts of the digestive tract, so the experience of the disease can vary according to the part of the tract that is inflamed. Although the disease is most likely to be diagnosed when a person is in their 30s, it can occur at any age.
Doctors don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease. In the past, they thought that diet and stress caused the condition. However, doctors now know that these factors don’t cause the disease but can make the symptoms worse. Now, experts think that the cause of Crohn’s disease is likely a combination of a couple of factors, including:
Abnormal Immune Response: Crohn’s disease might be triggered when a bacterium or virus invades the digestive tract. Instead of fighting off the germs, the immune system reacts abnormally and also attacks the tissue of the digestive tract.
Heredity: Genetics may be a factor since people are more likely to get it if they have a family member who also has it.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
The symptoms your aging relative may experience depend on how severe the disease is and where, in the digestive tract, it is occurring. At times, the disease may go into remission, causing no symptoms at all. When it is active, some common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are:
- Bloody stools.
- Pain and cramping in the abdomen.
- Sores in the mouth.
- Poor appetite and unintended weight loss.
In very severe cases of the disease, symptoms may not be confined to the digestive tract. It can also cause inflammation in the skin, eyes, and joints. The liver and bile ducts may also be affected.
Senior care can assist older adults to better manage Crohn’s disease and its symptoms. Doctors may suggest that your aging relative make some dietary changes to avoid foods that aggravate symptoms. A senior care provider can prepare healthy meals that limit or eliminate foods that make symptoms worse. In addition, a senior care provider can remind the older adult to take medications prescribed by the doctor. Senior care can also be an important part of controlling the stress that can make Crohn’s disease flare-up because it gives the older adult a feeling of security knowing they will have someone to help them at home.
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Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.