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Elderly Health at a Glance

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

We might think we know what getting older will be like, but in reality we really can’t be sure. If you provide senior home care in Fairfield for an aging parent or grandparent, here’s a glimpse at what he or she might be experiencing during the golden years.

1. Exercise can help improve arthritis in seniors. Range-of-motion, strength, and endurance exercises can all relieve stiffness, improve flexibility, and lessen pain.

2. Hearing loss is one of the most common problems in older adults. Seniors with hearing loss can have difficulties communicating with family members and doctors and hearing alarms and warning bells.

3. Humans are born with approximately 10,000 taste buds. After the age of 50, seniors can begin to lose taste buds. Additionally, many seniors lose their sense of smell. This can make enjoying food and getting enough calories difficult for some seniors.

4. Elderly experience depression at a higher rate than young adults, and 20 percent will have depression at some point in their senior years. Unfortunately, only three percent of seniors with depression get treated by a mental health specialist.

5. Diabetes is common in the elderly, affecting approximately 18.6 percent of the population.

6. Seniors who are negative and worry often about falling tend to fall more. However, being too optimistic can cause an inability to cope. Being unable to cope with problems has been linked to a shorter life span. Elderly who are cautiously optimistic tend to be the healthiest.

7. Contrary to prior belief, the brain never stops growing. Seniors continue to grow neurons in their brain as they age. Additionally, the brain continues to reshape itself as it learns new things.

8. Disturbances in the inner ear are a common cause of balance problems in the elderly. Since balance disorders can cause seniors to fall and injure themselves, correcting these issues with a healthcare professional is extremely important.

9. Older adults are more sensitive to alcohol due to the medications they may take, age-related health problems, and the way the body metabolizes alcohol as it ages.

10. Many seniors have more than one serious health problem such as diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease. A geriatric specialist can ensure that medications for different health problems don’t interact with one another.

Find out more about senior health and wellness from the dedicated staff at Fairfield Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of hourly, live-in, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia elder care in Fairfield, with 24/7 availability, no long-term contracts, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call 203-955-1915 and speak with a friendly Care Manager for more information.