Jan 26, 2018 by Jim Vercruyssen
As a caregiver, you have likely heard that your loved one feels fatigued, restless, or they may even be sad, but these feelings could signal a deeper problem. Typically, these issues are simply part of aging, but not always. In fact, homecare providers warn that these symptoms could point to a problem with the thyroid gland.
The thyroid gland looks like a butterfly inside the body and is responsible for helping to regulate your T3 and T4 hormones. This gland will experience changes as the body ages, but the changes are generally small and have no impact on the senior. If the T3 and T4 hormones are released and unbalanced in the body, there are two disorders that homecare professionals want you to be aware of.
The first disorder is hyperthyroidism, and this occurs when the thyroid is overactive and produces more hormones than are actually needed in the body. Seniors who have this disorder will often find themselves losing a lot of weight for no reason, they may feel nervous or anxious, and they may not be able to sleep well.
The second disorder is hypothyroidism, and this occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough of the hormones. This will result in your loved one experiencing weight changes, fatigue, muscle pain, and difficult when they try to concentrate.
Homecare experts suggest that all seniors should speak with their physician if they believe there is a problem with their thyroid. There are tests that can determine if too little or too much of the T3 and T4 hormones is present. If you would like to learn more about our homecare services here at Comfort Keepers, do not hesitate to give us a call. We provide care to seniors who have thyroid disorders and we can oversee their care.