I did some brief research on anemia in the eldery and am more concerned for mom. The immediate worry is cancer or pre-cancerous polyps. If that is NOT the cause of the anemia then we must worry about finding the cause and the secondary effects of low iron in Mom's blood. For healthy younger people anemia meand fatigue and reduced endurance. In the eldery it can mean increased risk of heart attack and has been linked to vascular dementia - confusion and forgetfulness resulting from decreased oxygen to the brain. Long term effects of anemia are organ failure and even peptic ulcers.
I hate the idea of a prolonged diagnosis of the cause of this anemia. I find myself almost wishing it is some polyp that is easily removed so she'll be fine but I can't help worry that there's something else wrong. If it's not polyps then tests and procedures will wear Mom out and make her worry. For now, I will tell her only that it's time for her regular colonoscopy and that I'll be there to help her through the prep and the procedure. The rest we'll handle as it comes.
Mom has anemia what does that mean? anemia in the elderly causes of anemia in the elderly dementia from anemia. Can anemia cause dementia? can anemia cause alzhiemers?
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