Chronic Conditions and the Elderly


Will chronic conditions impact my ability to live at home?

While you may not have complete control over you physical health, you do have a measure of control in helping the natural aging process be delayed in a couple key ways:


  • intentionally living a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco use
  • consistantly utalizing early detection and testing, like breast, prostate, and cervical cancer screening, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, and bone density scans to begin with. 

The natural aging process is challenging already, with the human body showing signs of age in a variety of ways. When you compound this natural process with chronic conditions, the effects can have a very profound impact on the health and quality of life that the elderly American community is usually blindsided with. Not only are their daily routines affected, but their social lifestyle is heavily impacted often creating a more difficult process to navigate then even their new daily routine. Adding to that the financial burden on an ongoing list of new requirements that not only did not request permission but equally demands more than they are equipped to navigate alone, the cascading of emotions has the greatest potential to sabbotage their ability to bounce back and find a new rhythm to engage life in. Each of these will strongly influence whether chronic conditions allow a person to continue living at home, or require consistant observation of some kind. Long-term illness has a lasting affect on ones ability to battle anti-aging, and this is where a strong community of support surrounding the elderly comes into play. 

What are the most common chronic conditions to look for?

Typically, due to so many chronic conditions that seem to invade the lives of the elderly community, it is easily mistaken that a few select are more dibilitating than that of the rest. This is not a completely wise approach to understanding the potential challenges that face our elderly. An example would be to assume diabetes is a natural part of simply "growing older". The truth is, many of these diseases and chronic conditions are not only treatable, but they are avoidable. Maintianing a healthy lifestyle is extremely important, and keeping a consistant process of seeing your physician must be a foundational part of that process to living healthy. Your phyican will be the one to treat not just the symptoms but also assist you in discovering the root of your health issues, often times being able to prevent most of what is considered "common" from even being part of your current or future regimends. Below, we have included a list that is intended to be a starting point in helping you navigate the process of understanding what to prepare for, and prevent if possible, as you grow older. It is important to note, that each specific human body has its own triggers and symptoms unique to them, so your process may include some, all or none of the following, only hightening the value of having consistant contact with your personal physician. The list of the most common chronic diseases afflicting the elderly is as follows:

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney and bladder problems
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Lung disease
  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Muscular degeneration
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular disease

Your wisest decision, should you or a loved one be diagnosed with these or any other disease, is to educate yourself on exactly what it is you are facing and how to best approach your specific healing process. Surround yourself with positive and loving people, and be intentional to consistantly remain under the care of your physician. 

 

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