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Tuesday Tips for Caregivers: Common Health Problems in the Elderly

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers: Common Health Problems in the Elderly

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers: Common Health Problems in the Elderly

As we age, our bodies change. Sometimes these changes lead to health problems. If you have an aging loved one in your life, you may have seen how these changes can impact their life in a significant way. As a result of these health issues arising from age-related changes, elderly populations need caregivers.

Caregivers are people who are either related by family or professionally trained and hired to provide health-related care for someone in need. In this blog, we are going to go cover common age-related health conditions that normally require caregiving. According to current medical research, within the next thirty years or so, the United States’ aging population will triple, meaning their will likely be an increase in health issues related to aging.[1] We hope that this blog can be an informative resource for those with loved ones who may live with one of these conditions.

What is Aging?

According to the World Health Organization, aging results from the accumulation of molecular and cellular damage in our bodies.[2] This damage, in turn, leads to decreases in physical and mental capacity, increased risk of disease, and death. These changes are not the same for everyone, and every individual will have a different experience as they age depending on their health history. Although everyone has their individual experience as they age, there are common health problems that arise.

Common Health Issues in Aging Populations

Fragile Bones and Joint Pain: As we age, the composition of our bones changes and we are more prone to fractures and other joint-related problems.[3] As a result, bone fractures from stress and accidental falls are a lot more likely. Whenever a broken bone occurs, poorer healing outcomes are usually common in aging populations. Cognitive Health: For reasons that are still being explored, aging individuals are more likely to develop degenerative neurological disorders.

It is estimated that about 47 million people live with dementia, or degenerative neurological disorders, worldwide.[4] These disorders negatively impact the brain and can lead to declines in memory, problems with language and speech, and trouble learning new information. Chronic Health Conditions: Many seniors live with a chronic health condition, like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. These conditions can severely impact everyday life and if your loved one is living with a condition like this, then they may need more intensive day-to-day care.

If you think you might need a professional caregiver, then ElderCare at Home can help by matching you with a caregiver based on you and your loved one’s particular situation. If you have any questions, please call us at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

1] Jaul, E., & Barron, J. (2017). Age-Related Diseases and Clinical and Public Health Implications for the 85 Years Old and Over Population. Frontiers in public health5, 335. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00335
[2] Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health
[3] Boskey, A. L., & Coleman, R. (2010). Aging and bone. Journal of dental research89(12), 1333–1348. doi:10.1177/0022034510377791
[4] Source: https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/10-common-elderly-health-issues/

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