6. Tackling constipation
This is a common problem among older people and those who are less physically active. Constipation can cause pain and discomfort, and can also make the person more confused. If problems persist, consult the GP. Try to avoid the need to use laxatives by taking steps to prevent constipation from occurring in the first place. You can help to prevent constipation by:
- providing plenty of foods that are high in fibre, such as wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables
- providing fibre supplements (available from health food stores and on prescription)
- offering plenty of liquid
- encouraging regular exercise.