What Symptoms Should You Watch for if Your Senior Is Prone to Pneumonia?

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Senior Care Memphis TN - What Symptoms Should You Watch for if Your Senior Is Prone to Pneumonia?

Senior Care Memphis TN – What Symptoms Should You Watch for if Your Senior Is Prone to Pneumonia?

Pneumonia can seemingly strike out of nowhere, especially if your elderly family member is prone to lung infections. Getting treatment for pneumonia as soon as possible is easier if you know what to watch for in terms of symptoms.

Overall Weakness and Fatigue

Pneumonia takes a lot out of your senior and this can show itself as overall weakness and fatigue that sleep just doesn’t help. Your senior might find that she gets exhausted by doing even simple activities that she enjoys every day. This can be one of the first signs she might notice.

Unproductive Coughing

Because pneumonia affects the lungs, your senior may start to cough. Depending on her overall lung health, though, those coughing fits might not be as productive as she’d like. She may feel that there’s still a lot of congestion in her lungs.

Green or Yellowish Phlegm

If she is able to cough up any phlegm, it might be green or yellow instead of clear. It might also be a little thicker than normal, especially if your elderly family member hasn’t been drinking a lot of fluids lately. The green or yellow color is an indication that she’s fighting an infection.

Chest Pain

Because your senior’s lungs are fighting hard to help her get the oxygen that she needs, they’re overworked. She might experience a tightness or pain in her chest that can feel like a burning or stabbing pain. The fluid and inflammation in her lungs is keeping them from being able to expand the way that they usually do.

Shortness of Breath

Along with pain and difficulty expelling fluids, your senior probably feels as if she can’t get a full breath. This is because her lungs are hampered in their ability to function properly. She might continue to experience shortness of breath even after the pneumonia is gone because her lungs are continuing to heal.


With infection comes a fever, typically. The fever may only be a low-grade version that your aging family member doesn’t notice at first. In fact, your first indication may be that your elderly family member complains of feeling hot and then cold.

Make sure that you ask your senior’s doctor what she can do in order to help her avoid developing pneumonia. If you’re sick, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan for your aging adult. Hiring senior care providers to take over temporarily can help your aging adult to avoid getting sick more often.

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About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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