We all have concerns about aging. No matter what our age is, most of us have sought health-related advice at one point or another.
Preventative care, wellness, and caregiving are just a few of the common health concerns that many seniors have. The good news is that you’re not alone.
Our senior population is ever-growing. In fact, in the next 33 years, the US senior population is expected to almost double in size. That means that the number of available health resources will continue to increase.
So what do you need to know about senior health care in 2017? Simple: that new advances are constantly improving the quality of life for countless seniors. Here are 4 ways that senior health care is changing for the better:
More Holistic Health Approaches
Today’s senior health care is about more than treating symptoms and managing medications. It’s also about checking in with seniors’ emotional well-beings.
More often, healthcare providers are asking patients how they’re feeling emotionally as well as physically. In some cases, emotional wellness is factored into medical care plans. This is especially true in assisted living facilities where group activities are accessible.
Loneliness and social isolation are just two of the most common emotional problems that seniors face. Many seniors enroll in fitness classes or groups such as book clubs to combat this.
Continuous learning has also been shown to improve seniors’ emotional well-beings. Hobbies such as crafts and puzzles help to keep minds active and sharp.
Improvements in Home Health Care
Home health care is skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and therapeutic care. Databases and dashboards are part of the technology that home health providers use for patient care.
Dashboards display all of a patient’s medical data on one computer screen. They are a one-stop check-in point for caregivers. They also help correlate important data, such as how medications are impacting patient health.
Home-Based Technology Advances
The Internet has a wealth of health resources available to caregivers. In fact, 59% of caregivers report using it as part of their senior health care regimen.
In addition, the Internet of Things is a huge game-changer for elderly people who live at home. Wireless devices and cloud-based services help families to monitor the safety of loved ones from remote locations.
More Well-Informed Care Plans
At advanced ages, preventative senior health care becomes obsolete. Things like mammograms and prostate cancer screenings probably won’t prolong a patient’s life.
Care providers are taking this into account now more than ever. They are discussing options with patients earlier, in efforts to understand their health goals.
Senior Health Care Is Changing for the Better
With our rapidly growing senior population and advances in technology, health care is evolving faster than ever.
Improvements in home health care and cloud-based technology are keeping caretakers better informed. In addition, patients’ emotional well-beings and long-term health goals are being factored into care plans.
There are many health resources available for both seniors and their caregivers. Please feel free to contact me for more guidance on the ever-changing healthcare landscape.