Sep 7, 2017 by Kristina Butler
Each September, Healthy Aging month is celebrated in many cities and by many organizations throughout the United States. The purpose of Healthy Aging Month is to get seniors and other individuals to reflect upon the life choices that lead to successful elder years. Topics range from physical fitness and cognitive health to finances and socialization. In the end, many seniors will be able to look at their lives with pride and satisfaction. However, many others will notice that there are areas in which they want to improve. In some cases, seniors may realize that they are at a stage in their life where elderly home care services are needed to maximize their independence, safety, and quality of life.
One area all seniors should take time to reflect upon are the chronic diseases that chip away at the health and well-being of tens of millions of American seniors every year. By knowing what is out there, keeping informed, and getting the help that is needed, seniors can maintain or even improve upon the overall quality of their life.
Below are just of few of the many chronic diseases that can impact a senior’s ability to age in a healthy manner.
Arthritis. Arthritis impacts the lives of over 50 percent of seniors over 65 years of age and is one of the leading causes of disability in the world. There are many different forms of arthritis, but each tends to get worse with age. Because of the chronic pain and mobility limitations that often accompany severe arthritis, many seniors are unable to complete daily living tasks without support. If your senior loved one is in this situation, Comfort Keepers elderly home care services can help.
Osteoporosis. Basically, this disease means porous bones, and it's called that for a reason. Osteoporosis causes bones to lose their density and become porous, weak, and brittle. A senior with osteoporosis can break a bone simply by bumping into an object. In severe cases, bones will break when a senior coughs or bends over. Impacting over 44 million Americans, mostly senior women, osteoporosis is a deadly, yet preventable, disease. During Healthy Aging Month, seniors should have their bone density checked to ensure they do not have osteoporosis. For those suffering from weakened bones or who are at an increased risk, Comfort Keepers elderly home care services can help with an exercise and diet regimen while providing support with daily living tasks.
Cardiovascular Disease. Heart disease is still the number one killer of American men and women. Included in this overarching condition are coronary heart disease, stroke, congenital heart disease, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This includes eating nutritious, high-fiber meals, exercising at least a few times each week, limiting alcohol intake, and not smoking. Elderly Home Care Services providers help seniors with increased levels of exercise, preparing healthy meals, and avoiding excess alcohol. They can also help a senior find a smoking cessation program that will work for them.
For more information about Healthy Aging Month, evaluating senior health, or to find out how Comfort Keepers elderly home care services can help your senior loved one maximize their independence, freedom, and quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator for a free in-home consultation.
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