There are many issues seniors face as they age. The most important being, commonly neglected health issues. Sometimes our health is often neglected as we get older. This may happen with older and frailer people, but it is also happening with those in their 60’s. Sometimes we think the little things are just “a part of getting older”. Addressing your own health problems will lead to a happier aging lifestyle.
Top Neglected Health Issues:
Surveys have said that over 50% of people over 65 will experience some sort of pain. Untreated pain can lead to social isolation and decreased physical activity. Pain may also be the sign of another underlying health issue. It is important to recognize and monitor any new or persistent pain. There are many safe over the counter, non prescription medications available for pain. Treatment for pain does not necessarily mean medication. Always discuss any medications with your pharmacist or doctor before taking any. Various treatments include physical therapy, massage, yoga and meditation.
Falls are very common in senior citizens. Some falls may be minor but others may be life changing. Head injuries and broken bones are often the reason why many have to leave their homes. Minor falls should not be ignored or neglected. These falls may lead to decreased physical activity and can often be a risk in future falls. Staying healthy and active to keep your strenghth and balance can help in fall prevention.
Some older adults put off determining why they have become “forgetful”. They put it off to “I’m just getting older” or “we all forget sometimes”. Any memory issues should get checked out by your physician. Older adults and family members don’t want to hear that their loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. All memory issues are not always related to these diseases. Sometimes medications or other underlying health issues may be the root of the memory problem. It is important to treat these conditions, as well as promote brain health.
Depression in seniors is often missed. It is common in those dealing with an illness or who are socially isolated. Chronic diseases and pain can also contribute to depression. Keeping active and being involved in social activites can keep your quality of life increased and prevent loneliness. It is important to talk to your family and friends to let them know how you are feeling.
In addition to the problems above, many seniors are also dealing with other issues. It is important as a senior, or a caregiver to be aware of your loved ones regular habits and health issues. Keep in touch regularly and seek help as you see it is necessary.
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