Older adults and senior citizens are prone to different health challenges than younger individuals. In order to stay as healthy as possible as you age, it is important to know about common health issues for senior citizens. From there, you can know how to talk about symptoms and explore various treatment options.
If you are an older adult coping with health issues, or caring for a loved one who is a senior citizen, talk through your problems to determine the highest quality of life for you and those who depend on you.
Often, older adults do not get a proper night’s sleep. This can be for a variety of reasons, ranging from physical health problems such as arthritis to mental health issues of anxiety and depression.
Sleep is essential. Poor sleep can increase stress, pain sensitivity, and risk of falls. Without enough rest, you muscle and immunity strength can decrease as well. To ensure you get enough rest each night, seek treatments for health conditions and sleep issues. Maybe lifestyle changes can have an impact, or possibly a medical solution is available.
Older Adult Diabetes
Older adults are more likely to have diabetes. It is estimate about 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes.
If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, make strides to keep yourself as healthy as possible. The complications from diabetes can be detrimental, including cognitive and functional impairment, kidney damage, foot damage, impairment of vision and hearing, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Recently, it has become popular to treat each individual rather than suggesting everyone with diabetes treat their disease the same. Be sure you have a partnership with a healthcare provider you trust in place. From there, follow the plan the two of you have agreed upon to treat diabetes.
Not all senior citizens experience depression but it is a part of life that goes unrecognized for many older adults. This is because some depression symptoms can be disguised as naturally linked to other aspects of life, from illnesses to loneliness due connected to losing family and friends.
That said, you don’t have to live with depression. If you find less pleasure in life or are depressed in connections with limitations put on your life due to health issues, you can connect with others again and find relief. Find a way to improve your life and your happiness. Join a class. Reconnect with nurturing friends. Take a class. Talk to a counselor.
Another common health condition is coronary heart disease. This is because, with age, cholesterol and blood pressure can rise making individuals more susceptible to heart disease.
Totally preventing heart disease is not possible, but there are steps you can take to make a coronary heart event less likely. For example, getting regular checkups with your healthcare provider, staying at a healthy weight, participating in physical activity, eating healthy, and talking through emotional upsets can help to keep heart disease, and other health issues, at bay.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.