Chronic constipation is a common problem faced by many elderly. Some of them even deal with this on a regular basis. Experiencing chronic digestive discomfort can affect your loved one’s life greatly. They may not want to eat or exercise. They might also be cranky and uncooperative. This can also lead to unwanted behavior in people with dementia or Alzheimer’s such as removing their incontinence briefs during inappropriate moments. To help your loved one, read on to learn more about the remedies for relieving constipation in the elderly.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that may cause constipation such as:
- White rice and other refined grains
- Unripe bananas
Foods that Help
Eat these foods regularly to prevent constipation:
- Whole grains
- Fresh and dried fruit
- High-fiber foods
Do drink more water which will help to relieve constipation as well. If the constipation is caused by a nerve or muscle problem, your loved one should eat less fiber and the doctor may prescribe medication that adds water to the colon.
Exercise Regularly and Stay Active
Regular exercise is great for your overall health. Exercise also helps to regulate the digestive system and to relieve constipation. Studies show that physical activity can hugely benefit aging adults. Easy exercises such as walking, jogging, climbing the stairs and age-appropriate exercises can help older people keep in good physical and mental shape.
Establish a Regular Bathroom Time
It is good to have a daily routine where your loved one tries to go to the bathroom at the same time every day. However, they should go to the bathroom immediately anytime they feel the urge to.
Take a Daily Soluble Vitamin
Add a soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil or Benefiber to their drinks. Today’s formulas are easier to drink because they dissolve completely and don’t thicken drinks. They come in flavorless options as well.
Use Laxatives Properly
Long-term use of stimulant laxatives should not cause dependence or be harmful to the colon if they are used properly within the recommended amounts. You still need to have the doctor approve of the laxative, recommend the right dosage and monitor your loved one over the period which they are taking it.
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