|Signs Of Dying In The Elderly
Signs of Dying in the Elderly:
The actual process of dying is also known as ‘active dying’. Knowing some of these signs will help to make the person comfortable. Here are some signs of dying in the elderly that will help to prepare you for the eventuality.
A person actively dying withdraws from his surroundings. Movement and speech is absent. He may see things that are not there, become disoriented and confused. Very often there is restlessness and agitation.
The rhythm of breathing undergoes a change. Breathing is noisy and varies in tempo. Nearer to death, the jaw moves during each breath and the mouth stays open.
Blood pressure drops and the pulse gets weaker and faster .The hands and feet are cold and appear gray and pale. As less oxygen circulates in the body, nails, lips and earlobes turn blue.
There will be no appetite and the person refuses food and drink. Swallowing becomes difficult and dehydration sets in. Ice chips can be placed on the mouth to prevent drying.
The flow of urine decreases and there may be no bowel movements. The urine gets dark and diminishes.
Dying people get bed sores, causing discomfort and leading to infection. Since movement is absent, pressure of the skin may tear it open. It should be dealt with immediately.
Depression and anxiety is common. Feeling sad that the end of life has come is common. This is coupled with little or no interest in what is going on. Anxiety is more than normal worry. It stems from the fact that the person is not told about his condition. Hence, fear sets in.
A very ill patient can get confused easily. Sometimes, there are moments of lucid thoughts which can be misleading to the caretaker. Most often, the person is unconscious, although it is thought that they could hear goodbyes if said to them at such times.
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