There are a lot of different issues that elderly individuals face. We have tried to mention many of them on our blog to help our clients and others around the world as informed as possible as they navigate the world of caring for an older family member.
Here, we’ve put together a list of five of the top issues that senior citizens face. Some of them are a bit generalized, but that doesn’t change the fact that these issues can have a huge impact on the lives of the people that we love. Being aware of them is the best way to prevent negative complications.
As we age, the usage of our bodies can decline. Physical disability and injury can play a large role in this, as can factors like arthritis. Disease can also play havoc on our bodies, causing disability (more on this below). While this is not always preventable, taking care of ourselves through a good diet and consistent healthy exercise can minimize the impact of the aging process on our bodies. In cases where this is not preventable, having a skilled caregiver to assist is the best way to extend safety into the future.
Falls are one of the top sources of injury and disability in the senior community. They can lead to lifelong disability and place an otherwise healthy person in a nursing home. They are also almost always preventable. Exercise is a good way here to help build and retain muscle tone which can improve balance. Another easy thing that can be done is to help keep walkways clear of trip hazards and to install handrails and supports in strategic locations.
Abuse and Neglect
A trustworthy in-home caregiver is one of the best ways to prevent abuse and neglect. Family caregivers can do this, or a professional can be hired. Sometimes, having a caregiver from outside of the family can be a blessing as they can help improve the overall quality of care that is being administered.
Oftentimes people don’t think about trying to prevent disease until it’s too late. But there are simple things that can be done right now. A healthy diet and exercise can help prevent obesity and all of the complications that come with that. Quitting smoking can prevent many types of cancer and COPD. And proper usage of medication can help stem off other diseases before they have a noticeable impact on quality of life. Talk to a doctor if you have questions in this area. Alzheimer’s treatment has even begun to transition toward preventative measures.
The future is always uncertain, and for many elderly people, that’s a scary thought. Depression can impact anyone, and the elderly are often reluctant to address the issue. A healthy spiritual life can have a profound impact here, as can exercise. Sometimes, just speaking with someone consistently can improve mental health. In extreme cases, doctors will prescribe antidepressants, just be careful that all medications are accounted for before a prescription is filled.
The good news about all of these things? Many, if not all, of them are completely preventable. We encourage you to learn more about how you can help your loved one to live a higher quality of life in all of these areas.