How our organs change

 

As we have learned over the past few days, when cells change, they become bigger, sometimes because lipids become present; making it difficult for cells to divide and multiply. When changes begin at the lowest level, everything else in the body changes because of cellular changes.

As our cells change, our tissues change, which causes our organs to change. As organs age they begin to lose their functionality. Many times the change will not be noticeable since we rarely need to have our organs function at their fullest ability. In fact our organs even have a reserve ability to function beyond their usual needs but, this, too, dissipates over time.

The organs that have the most notable changes happen to be the heart, lungs and kidneys although this varies from person to person and situation to situation.

Many times when changes occur they begin slowly and advance as time advances. However, when rapid change occurs, due to illness or a sudden change in lifestyle, an organ may not be able to keep up if worked harder than typically is worked.

Take for instance the heart, if a client is not used to exercising and decides to go out and take a brisk walk or get on a treadmill or even mow their lawn (for whatever reason), the heart may get stressed because it is working overtime comparably to before and may not be able to keep up with the increase in function. This is typically when a client may have sudden heart failure or the onset of other problems. This is what you must avoid for your client!

According to the website http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004012.htm, other body stressors that may affect changing organs are:

  • Illness
  • Medications
  • Significant life changes
  • Suddenly increased physical demands on the body, for example:
    • A sudden change in activity
    • Exposure to a higher altitude

Some of these you can help to notate, confer about and avoid, while others you may not even be present for (ie: change in altitude). All you can do is your very best to ensure your clients are as happy and healthy as possible while in your company; once again displaying that With Age Comes Respect!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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