To further the discussion about organs and tissues, caregivers should know that the combination makes up what is called the endocrine system; a system that produces the body’s hormones. Hormones are significant because they are natural chemicals that are produced in one location, and then are released into the bloodstream to be used by other organs and body systems; controlling the target organs.
Not all organs are controlled by hormones, however. Some organs actually have their own built-in internal control systems. Some organs’ internal control systems work in conjunction with hormones. But, no matter how they are made up, age changes the control systems within our organs; sometimes the targets become less sensitive to controlling hormones, sometimes the amount of hormones produced also changes. Another factor is that hormones may metabolize or break down slower.
Sometimes certain hormones control the organs that produce hormones. On top of that, the aging process also is a factor. Does your head hurt yet? If not, it should. The whole hormonal thing is like a round-robin of activity. What caregivers should be aware of is the fact that hormones can make or break a person’s bodily functions, thus changing a lot of other factors about an aging individual.
Since many caregivers are simple, everyday caring people, and are not medical, it is important to realize all of the changes in a person so as to sympathize with attitudes and behaviors. When it comes down to it, just try to remember that With Age Comes Respect because you may not realize otherwise that bodily functions can do some crazy things to a person!