World Kidney Day is a global movement dedicated to increasing awareness of the critical role of our kidneys in overall health, and to lowering the incidence and effect of kidney disease. This can be something where you and your senior sit and learn more about the vital role your kidneys play. This day can also help you understand more about things like chronic kidney disease and symptoms to watch out for. A home care assistance provider can help your senior implement some lifestyle changes that may improve their kidney health.
Each year there is a different theme for others to focus on. Here are some of the previous themes that might help get the conversation going this March 10th:
2021 Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – Living Well with Kidney Disease
2020 Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care
2019 Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere
2018 Kidneys & Women’s Health. Include, Value, Empower
2017 Kidney Disease & Obesity – Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys
2016 Kidney Disease & Children – Act Early to Prevent It!
2015 Kidney Health for All
2014 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging
You might be wondering what 2022 will bring for a theme? Good question. This year for World Kidney Day the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations have come up with a new theme. It is “Kidney Health for All – Bridge the gap to better kidney care.” Here are some things you may be wondering when you start to learn more about the role your kidneys play in your body.
What Are Warning Signs of Kidney Problems?
Kidneys play a vital role in your body. Your kidneys are responsible for removing wastes and excess fluid from your body. Additionally, your kidneys eliminate acid created by your body’s cells and maintain a healthy balance of water, salts, and minerals in your blood, such as sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Here are some signs they may not be working correctly.
You’re Exhausted All The Time
When your kidneys do not function properly, toxins may accumulate. Fatigue is a frequent indicator. You may feel exhausted, weakened, or have difficulty focusing. The kidneys produce a hormone that instructs the body to produce red blood cells. If you have fewer of them, your blood cannot supply the necessary amount of oxygen to your muscles and brain.
You Have Very Itchy Skin
This may occur if your kidneys cannot eliminate toxins and they accumulate in your blood. Your kidneys may eventually become incapable of balancing the minerals and nutrients in your body. This may result in mineral and bone disorders, causing your skin to become dry and irritated.
You Have Swollen Limbs
When your kidneys cannot effectively eliminate salt, fluids build up in your body. This may result in swollen hands, feet, ankles, legs, and a puffy face. Additionally, protein spilling into your urine might manifest as puffiness around the eyes.
How Can Home Care Assistance Help?
If you are not with your seniors enough to notice these symptoms it might be time for you to get extra help for them. Home care assistance can help a senior who wants to age in place when you cannot. Home care assistance may be able to ensure early detection of any health problems.