By Dr Prateek Bhardwaj, COO, Vesta Elder Care
Your parents’ health may suffer as they get older in age. You can help your parents avoid sickness by being aware of frequent chronic disorders. Maintaining healthy weight, being physically active, and eating a nutritious diet are all good lifestyle choices that can help people minimize senior health hazards.
The following are the most common health concerns our parents may be prone to as they age:
Arthritis is most likely the most common ailment affecting adults aged 65 and up. According to many studies, it affects 49.7 percent of all persons over the age of 65 and can cause discomfort and reduced quality of life in certain seniors. Arthritis may deter them from being physically active, but it is critical to collaborate with your parents’ doctor to design a specific exercise plan that, in conjunction with other treatments, may help preserve senior health.
According to research, cancer is the second biggest cause of mortality among those over the age of 65. According to the statistics gathered, 28 percent of males and 21 percent of
women over the age of 65 have cancer. Many kinds of cancer are curable if detected early with screenings such as mammography, colonoscopies, and skin checks. And, while cancer cannot always be avoided, you may enhance your parents’ standard of living as a senior living with cancer, particularly throughout treatment, by collaborating with a medical team and according to their healthy senior living suggestions.
Diabetes is estimated to affect 25% of persons aged 65 and over, posing a serious senior health concern. Diabetes may be detected and treated early by using basic blood sugar testing. The sooner you realise your parents are at risk for diabetes, the sooner you may begin taking measures to control the condition and enhance your parents’ long-term senior health prospects.
Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in the elderly, all of which have a negative influence on the quality of life. The danger of sickness increases as the figures on the scale rise. According to research, over 36.2 percent of older men and over 40.7 percent of older women aged 65 to 74 are obese, indicating that their body mass index is more than or equal to 30. It might also indicate that an elderly person isn’t as energetic or active as he or she previously was.
Teeth and gum health are vital not just for a beautiful smile and effortless eating, but as well as for overall senior wellbeing. According to studies, more than a quarter of persons over the age of 65 have little or no natural teeth. Because their mouths grow dryer as they age and cavities become more difficult to avoid, adequate oral health care, including frequent dental visits, should be a senior healthcare priority.
Another factor that keeps your parents safe is the capacity to simply contact for assistance and communicate with relatives and friends.
Aside from being a safety danger, loneliness and isolation have a major detrimental impact on overall health.
Make sure their phone is simple to use and accessible. Consider a smart wearable alert gadget if your parents are amenable to the notion.