4 Warning Signs of Poor Circulation in Elderly

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4 Hidden Symptoms of Poor Senior Circulation

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on July 20, 2015

As a number of the symptoms of poor senior circulation, including bruising, discoloration, and swelling, are visible on the skin, many don’t realize that there are also invisible signs of circulatory system problems. If you’re a family caregiver for a senior relative, knowing the symptoms of poor circulation can help ensure he or she receives early treatment. Read on for four hidden signs of circulation problems from Scottsdale senior home care experts. 

1. Cold Extremities
While having cold fingers and toes is normal and common among women of all ages, cold hands and feet can sometimes be a symptom of something more serious. Particularly if your loved one also experiences numbness or tingling, cold extremities can be the result of poor circulation. Sometimes reduced circulation to the feet and hands can also have visible symptoms, including a blue or white tinge to the skin.

2. Foggy or Confused Thinking
A decrease in the circulation of blood to the brain can lead to foggy thinking, memory problems, or difficulty speaking. If you or a live-in caregiver in Scottsdale notice that your loved one is experiencing increasing trouble communicating, his or her circulatory system may be having difficulty getting oxygenated blood to the brain. Poor circulation can also cause inflammation of the brain, which can slow neural connections, diminish mental acuity, and make it difficult to concentrate for extended periods of time.

3. Stomach Trouble
While there are many causes of digestive issues, poor circulation can reduce blood flow to the digestive system. Without a regular blood flow, the brain and the digestive tract have difficulty communicating regularly, resulting in an irregular appetite, and smaller, infrequent bowel movements or constipation. Though the digestive system’s schedule varies from senior to senior, sudden changes in hunger patterns and bowel movements can signal a circulation problem. 

4. Muscle Problems
Decreased blood flow can cause muscles to function at a slower rate than normal. As oxygen deprivation can lead to muscle cramps, seniors with poor circulation will frequently experience painful twinges or stiffness in the calf or foot muscles. Decreased blood flow to these areas can also result in muscle deterioration because of a reduction in nutrients reaching the muscles. If your loved one regularly experiences muscle cramps even when he or she doesn’t do strenuous physical activity, it may be time to contact his or her doctor.  

At Home Care Assistance, our live-in and Scottsdale hourly caregivers are expertly trained to promote senior health and wellness. Whether your loved one experiences poor circulation or has a serious physical or cognitive condition, our care services are designed to offer the assistance that your loved one requires. To get to know our caregivers better, give a friendly Care Manager a call at 480.448.6215 and set up a free in-home consultation.