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5 Common Lies the Elderly Should Stop Telling Their Physicians

Lies Aging Adults Shouldn't Tell Their Physicians in Prestige Home Care

5 Common Lies the Elderly Should Stop Telling Their Physicians

Seniors have a tendency to fib about their health conditions during doctor visits. While there are many reasons to be reluctant about being totally honest with a doctor—often involving a desire to avoid a lecture about poor dietary, exercise, or lifestyle habits—withholding certain information from the physician can lead to unintended consequences. Here are a few of the most common lies seniors tell their doctors. 

1. I Don’t Smoke

Smoking is associated with a negative image many seniors don’t want their doctors to see. Cigarette smoking has serious side effects, and even an occasional indulgence can have health ramifications. Seniors who smoke need to be honest with their physicians about their smoking habits so they can be treated properly. It also alerts doctors to be on the lookout for the possibility of emphysema or lung cancer. 

2. I Exercise Every Day

It’s not going to hurt the doctor’s feelings if your loved one admits to not following recommendations to get more exercise, and most physicians aren’t fooled by this common lie anyway. Exercise builds strong bones, strengthens the heart, and helps seniors lose weight. If a senior isn’t exercising because of injury, illness, or pain, it’s even more important to tell the doctor. A physician can conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of the pain and offer ideas for alternative forms of physical activity that don’t cause pain. 

3. I Can Hear Just Fine

Many seniors deny having difficulty hearing because they don’t want to wear hearing aids or they’re embarrassed by their hearing loss. However, certain types of hearing loss can be prevented or lessened if they’re identified early. Additionally, hearing loss can indicate other serious health issues and cause seniors to withdraw socially and become isolated and depressed. Hearing loss has also been associated with dementia, so it’s crucial for your parent to be honest with his or her doctor about it. 

If your loved one has hearing loss linked to dementia, compassionate help is available. Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. Orlando families can rely on Prestige Home Care to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life.

4. I Only Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy keeps seniors on the right track, but everyone slips occasionally. Many people have a difficult time eating a healthy diet, but for seniors with conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes, lying about eating habits can have serious consequences. When seniors are honest about their dietary habits, doctors are better able to fully assess their health patterns. A physician may be able to refer your parent to a dietitian for assistance with meal preparation, especially if being a picky eater is part of the problem. 

If your loved one needs help planning and preparing healthy meals, a professional caregiver can be a wonderful resource. The type of homecare seniors need can vary. Some need assistance a few hours a day, while others require more extensive around-the-clock assistance. At Prestige Home Care, we tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual care needs, and the plans can be adjusted at any time.

5. I Hurt All Over

While there are many seniors who downplay their symptoms, there are also seniors who exaggerate what they’re feeling. While this may seem like no big deal, it can lead to unnecessary tests and prescription medications, and it can delay determining the real cause of a senior’s pain or discomfort. 

Being honest with his or her doctor is one of the best ways for your loved one to stay as healthy as possible. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Windermere, FL, Prestige Home Care is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. If your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at [phc_phone].

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.