The elderly population has been multiplying, which is expected to continue. As people live longer than ever, they develop various conditions that can affect their quality of life. Here are some conditions which are common in the elders’ age:
Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation of your joints. There are many types of arthritis, but most of them cause pain and swelling in your joints. Your doctor will test to see if you have arthritis by checking for symptoms and doing blood tests.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes memory, thinking, and behavior problems. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults, affecting 5% to 10% of people over 65 years old. As the name suggests, it starts with amyloid plaques (a form of protein) building up in your brain; this eventually leads to thickening or shrinking neurons.
In addition to memory loss and difficulty performing daily tasks such as walking around without assistance or remembering names and faces, patients may experience hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t there). Some symptoms include constipation, insomnia, or other sleep disturbances; sensations such as numbness or tingling in the hands/feet.
Depression is a common disease among older adults. It can cause various symptoms, including sadness, low mood, loss of interest in activities, and changes in appetite and sleep patterns. The good news is that depression is treatable with medications or psychotherapy and may be preventable with early diagnosis and treatment.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body processes sugar. It can be caused by genetics, obesity, and age. Diabetes leads to serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. If you have diabetes, you may need medication or insulin to control your blood glucose levels. You should also follow a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a proper diet for the long-term treatment of diabetes.
Dementia is a decline in mental ability that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It can be caused by many factors, including aging, brain injury, and stroke. It’s not the same as Alzheimer’s disease — people with dementia may still have some ability to think or speak—but they usually lose skills like recognizing faces or learning new things over time until they cannot care for themselves.
Heart Disease or High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a common problem among the elderly. It can lead to heart attacks and strokes, so it’s essential for people with high blood pressure to take medication. If you’re taking medication for high blood pressure, make sure your doctor has recommended a dose that is right for you. If you don’t feel well after taking your prescribed dose of medicine, tell your doctor about any side effects that occur during treatment and how they affect your daily life.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It’s characterized by low bone mass and an increased fracture risk, which can lead to broken bones.
It occurs when changes in how your body absorbs calcium from food and water result in a lower calcium concentration within your bones. With less calcium than usual in your bones, they become more susceptible to fractures as they lose their strength over time due to a lack of support from surrounding tissue (the periosteum).
The seven diseases we’ve shared are the most common in the people we have served and cared for. If you have a loved one or patient with the same conditions, proper research and patience will help you better care for them. Hope the information helps.