While the aging process affects individuals differently, there are certain health conditions that are more common among the elder population. The following is a list of the top five top health concerns for seniors and older adults, presented by North Houston Home Care Assistance:
- Arthritis – Arthritis is the most common health condition affecting seniors today. Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as OA, is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by inflammation in the joints that results from a breakdown of the cartilage that rests between the joints. It mostly affects the weight bearing joints such as knees, hips, and spine, often causing pain and limited mobility. While osteoarthritis can affect people in their twenties and thirties, it is more prevalent in seniors due to the aging of joints and cartilage.
- Heart Disease – Heart disease may come in several different forms such as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), heart attack, or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Seniors who are socially isolated are at a higher risk to develop heart disease as they are less likely to give up bad habits and live a healthy lifestyle. By monitoring blood pressure, taking necessary medications, completing exercises, and eating healthy, seniors can reduce the risk of onset of heart disease.
- Cancer – Cancer is caused by mutated cells in the body, which cause abnormal cell growth. Typically, these mutations are in the body from an early age, but are only identified in later years when the mutations cause enough replication to be discovered. As a result, cancer is often common in seniors and older adults.
- Respiratory Issues – Respiratory issues in seniors, such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are often caused by exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos or the continuation of unhealthy habits, such as smoking. However, in seniors, it is common for the rib cage of a senior to become smaller, leaving less room for the lungs to expand.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the build-up of proteins in the brain that cause neurological tangles. It affects the patients’ ability to call upon memories and other functions stored in the brain. One of the top contributing factors to Alzheimer’s disease is advancing age, making it a common issue among seniors and older adults.
Interested in learning more about senior care? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of North Houston and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager. We are the trusted North Houston live-in home care experts, offering flexible care schedules and no long-term contracts. Call us today at 832-412-1345 – we’re here to help 24/7.