Dec 8, 2017 by Kristina Butler
What do osteoporosis, arthritis, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia all have in common? Each is a disease that is more prevalent among seniors than in other age groups. While aging does not mean that a person will have poor health or come down with a life-altering ailment, seniors are at a greatly increased risk of both.
The good news is that in today's world, even if a senior does come down with one of these common diseases, it no longer the harbinger of doom that it once was. In fact, many seniors with common diseases are still able to live long, high-quality lives; although, they may need some assistance and support, such as an in-home caregiver, to do so.
Most diseases impact a senior's ability to perform one or more daily living tasks. Without support at home, this may lead a senior to an assisted living community. A Comfort Keepers in-home caregiver I able to address most areas of a senior's life so that they can safely and independently remain in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
For example, arthritis impacts nearly 50 percent of seniors over the age of 65 and is one of the leading causes of disability in America. The pain and mobility loss associated with arthritis may make any task requiring bending or stooping unsafe or even impossible. Other seniors may have trouble grasping items with their hands, opening bottles, cooking, or even brushing their teeth. A caregiver can address each of these situations, from light housekeeping to personal care.
Other diseases, such as osteoporosis or dementia, may have safety considerations. Caregivers have the training and experience necessary to keep seniors safe while providing them with a higher quality of life. This may include home safety inspections, help to reorganize the home or even advice on decorations (bright or "busy" wallpaper or artwork is often highly agitating to seniors with dementia).
In short, diseases may make a senior feel as if a part of their life has been taken away. A caregiver can help them take their life back. For more information about the many ways a Comfort Keepers caregiver can help your senior loved one, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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