Early detection is important if we want to take realistic steps to help our family members live a healthier life. This is true of all ages, but even more so for elderly individuals. The older someone is, the more important it is that health issues be found and treated as soon as possible. If this is the case, a higher standard of living can be maintained for longer periods of time.
Recently, researchers found that individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis were suffering from adverse symptoms of this autoimmune disease well in advance of an official diagnosis. Distinct symptoms were noticed by patients one to two years before a diagnosis was made. It was also observed that those individuals who had rheumatoid arthritis often suffered from disabilities that were severe enough to influence their day to day functioning.
Even after a diagnosis was made, these patients had a hard time getting their symptoms under control. The study that was released proposed that this was because pain and mobility issues had grown enough that conventional treatments were not enough to help. Unfortunately, if these things were detected earlier, there is a good chance that their quality of life could have been improved for the foreseeable future.
The most obvious takeaway is that the earlier health problems are detected, the better off the people that we love will be.
In the end, senior care is only there for times when it is needed. It is far more beneficial to your elderly loved ones that they never need senior care because they are in good health for their entire lives. Prevention of cancer is far more preferable than treating the disease, and the same goes with care. It’s much better that preventative steps are taken to preserve health than it is to have any sort of disability or need that cannot be met on one’s own.
Things don’t always work out this way, though. If you have a loved one that needs assistance, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to assist. The sooner care gets underway, the safer your loved one will be in their own home.
In-home care is just one of the many options that you have before you when it comes to senior care. This is one of the types of care that we specialize in–but it is not your only option. Give us a call to see how we can match up with your family’s care needs. We offer a free consultation service that is designed to help you get more information on this front so that you can give your family the very best care that you can get.
And if your loved one does not yet need senior care, ensuring that they see their doctor for their regular checkups is important. It’s easy to skip these appointments, but they are important for spotting issues before they grow in severity. The sooner that these issues are spotted, the sooner treatment can begin and the potential for disabilities and a need for more intensive care can be avoided.