As I have been specifying over the past few days, hormone levels can potentially change as a person ages. Some hormonal levels decrease, while some increase and others stay unaffected. To review, let’s take a look at what the NIH (National Institute of Health) specifies the changes can potentially be.
Decreasing hormones include:
In women, estrogen and prolactin levels usually decrease significantly.
Hormones that remain unchanged or only slightly decreased include:
Testosterone levels usually decrease slightly as men age.
Hormones that may increase include:
Again, just knowing about these, studying these, and being aware of the potential changes can help a caregiver to be able to take care of their client to the best of their potential. The more you know, the better off you – and because of you – that your client will be!
There is always so much to learn, especially if the caregiver is simply just that and not medically trained. To take ‘care’ of someone does not necessarily require medical training, just the ability to listen, understand and adapt quickly to changes in mood, behavior and bodily functions.
If I only knew what I know today (and I still have so much to continue learning!), I could have done a more significant job helping my Mira through everything that she had to go through. Well, as they say, ‘hindsight is 20/20!’ All I can do now is keep striving to learn everything I can so that I can show my clients that I realize that With Age Comes Respect!