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How to Spot the Signs of Kidney Disease: Things for Seniors to Know

Mar 8, 2018 by Comfort Keepers

Elder home care providers can ensure seniors seek medical attention when abnormal symptoms appear

One of the main reasons why kidney disease often goes undetected is that its symptoms are surprisingly subtle. Elder home care experts aim to raise awareness about this serious condition in an effort to help seniors recognize its signs on time and seek early treatment. Here is a basic overview of the most common symptoms of kidney disease:

Urination Changes

The most widespread symptoms of kidney disease are urination changes, including but not limited to very foamy urine, urine with traces of blood, troubles attempting to urinate, and feeling a strong urge to go to the bathroom during the night.

Feet and Ankle Swelling

Although swollen feet and ankles are also found in seniors with chronic leg vein issues, cardiovascular disease or liver disease, they may also point to sodium retention caused by diminished kidney function.

Weakness and/or Fatigue

Elder home care experts point out that seniors typically ignore weakness and/or fatigue as a normal part of aging. However, these signs can indicate that something is wrong with the kidneys, as they may develop due to waste buildup or anemia.


Another commonly ignored symptom, constant coldness can be a symptom of kidney disease. Seniors feeling cold all the time, even when they are in a warm house and properly dresses, should talk to their doctor if the symptoms preservers despite efforts to warm up.

Shortness of Breath

When the kidneys begin to fail, fluids build up in the lungs, which can lead to shortness of breath. Elder home care experts point out that this symptom is commonly seen in seniors with advanced kidney disease, so if you or your loved one are often short of breath, call your doctor immediately.

Bad Taste in the Mouth

As waste builds up in the organism, seniors with kidney disease can have a bad taste in the mouth. Still, it’s worth mentioning that this symptom can develop due to the use of medications for treating kidney stones, arthritis, and high blood pressure.

While all these symptoms are indicative of kidney disease, they can also be symptoms of other conditions, so the only way to know for sure if you or your loved one have kidney problems is to perform basic screening tests. If the results show kidney disease, a kidney specialist will provide appropriate treatment, depending on the stage of the condition, as well as lifestyle recommendations for slowing down the condition.

With the support of family, friends, and elder home care experts, you or your loved one can lead a high-quality life despite the condition and maintain good health for longer.

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