It might seem as if kidney problems show up overnight and out of nowhere, but there are usually years of silent causes pushing away at the body’s ability to keep the kidneys running. Some of these causes could be making your senior’s kidneys work too hard right now.
Medications Taken Over Long Periods of Time
Dehydration means that your elderly family member isn’t drinking enough water or other hydrating fluids to keep her body functioning properly. This can be a problem for your senior’s kidneys because water helps them to flush waste products out of the body. Without enough water, those waste products build up.
Circulatory System Problems
Sometimes kidneys stop working for reasons that doctors don’t yet understand. Regardless of why your elderly family member’s kidneys aren’t functioning properly, it’s vital that she has some help when she needs it. Senior care providers can ensure that she’s eating and drinking when she should and they can take her to dialysis appointments if that’s part of her treatment plan.