With knowledge and action, you can help seniors deal with these life-changing conditions
As we age, our bodies have a harder time dealing with health problems. Issues that were easy to solve in the past become more and more challenging. For example, when we were young, a common cold might last a few days; as we age, our immune system loses strength and it can take weeks to feel healthy again. Let’s take a look at three of the most common health conditions that affect seniors, as well as the step you can take to mitigate or even eliminate these problems.
Like the rest of our population, many seniors are struggling with their weight. As we all know, the solution to obesity and excessive weight is simple: a healthy diet and exercise on a consistent basis. While most seniors can find ways to have a healthy diet, many have mobility issues, which makes exercise extremely difficult. According to WebMD, roughly 75% of people 60 years of age and older are overweight, which creates significant risks for further health complications, such as heart disease and arthritis.
You can help your loved one maintain a healthy body by keeping them active, whether that’s via basic exercises or simply taking regular walks. Outdoor activities like gardening are also great for seniors.
There are roughly 26 million Americans with diabetes, and a large portion of this group are seniors. In fact, it’s estimated that around 25% of people over the age of 60 have diabetes. At an older age, the disease brings increased risks for the numerous complications that come with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes can be a complicated problem at any age, but there are things you can do to help a senior with this disease. Watch for signs of high or low blood sugar, prepare foods that are diabetic-friendly, and encourage loved ones to reduce stress while increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables.
One of the most common conditions to affect seniors is arthritis. This condition causes pain in the joints and can affect nearly any part of the body, from feet to the neck to fingers. Osteoarthritis is the most common type found in elderly people. This condition starts when cartilage is worn away, causing bones to rub against each other. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout are also common in seniors.
There are medicines and treatments that help with arthritis, depending on the type that a senior is suffering from. However, exercise can also help. This can include range-of-motion movements, strengthening exercises, and mild aerobics.
Superior care for your loved ones
If these or any other health conditions are affecting your loved ones, let the caring team at FirstLantic help. We have the skills and knowledge to deliver superior home healthcare to seniors, including individuals suffering from diabetes, obesity, or painful arthritis. We provide home healthcare services in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, Indian River, and St. Lucie Counties.
Contact us today and discover how we can help create a comprehensive care plan for your loved one.