Most Common Illnesses Affecting Seniors

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Posted: 1/29/2018 2:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most Common Illnesses Affecting Seniors

As our senior loved ones continue to age, the risk for illness and development of diseases increase. There are many factors that add to these risks including poor diet, un-healthy habits, lack of exercise, and use of harmful substances. As a caregiver it is important to be vigilant and help your loved ones make good lifestyle choices and avoiding the 4 most common illness among seniors.  
  1. Arthritis: Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. As we age arthritis occurs more frequently, especially in women. Common symptoms of arthritis include joint swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. There are different types of arthritis including degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, and metabolic. The best way to prevent arthritis is to stay active and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
 
  1. Cancer: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of women and 28 percent of men over the age of 65 are living with this disease. Most forms of cancer can be treated if detected early through colonoscopies, mammograms, and regular skin checks. The senior’s heath care team will most likely take care of the treatments and medications, but your or other family members can help by just being there for your loved one during these difficult times. They may need help getting dressed, eating, bathing, or using the bathroom, as well as help with the household chores and errands.
 
  1. Diabetes: In the United States diabetes effect more than 25% of people who are over the age of 65. The most common type of diabetes this age group suffers from is Type 2, which is clearly linked to senior being overweight and practicing unhealthy lifestyle habits. Many complications develop due to diabetes including eye damage, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, infections, and nerve damage. However, diabetes is manageable if seniors take medication, eat a healthy diet, exercise more, and reducing stress levels.
 
  1. Heart Disease: For years, heart disease has been the number one killer of adults over the age of 65. As people get older, their bodies are not what they used to be, making them more susceptible to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which could lead to a stroke or other heart problems. Whether your loved one has been formerly diagnosed or is at risk for heart disease, eating well, getting plenty of rest, and staying physically active are all ways to keep this disease away or lessen its existence.
If you have an aging loved one in need of senior care contact Interim HealthCare today.
 

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