Six Chronic Health Conditions Seniors Have and How to Identify the Signs

Six Chronic Health Conditions Seniors Have and How to Identify the Signs
Health statistics find that a large number of senior citizens have one chronic health condition. That's alarming. What's more frightening is that many have two or more. Do you know what they are? If your parent had one or more of these chronic conditions, would you be able to identify the early warning signs?

What is a Chronic Health Condition?

A chronic health condition is one that will last at least one year and needs to be treated. Chronic diseases may never go away. Some, such as cancer, may go into remission. These health conditions will limit activities or change how well someone can live independently without any help.

Six Chronic Health Conditions Seniors Face
  • Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. It's also a prevalent chronic illness that has no cure. Early warning signs are difficulty with memory that impacts activities. Your parent may forget how to count money or how to get home from the grocery store.
  • More than 54 million adults have arthritis. This type of inflammation hits the joints and causes chronic pain. The pain is a key symptom and can make mobility challenging. Seniors with arthritis may find it hard to grasp and hold an item or cut foods.
  • Diabetes can be type 1 or type 2. Type 2 is more common with senior citizens. The body stops processing insulin and cannot stabilize the blood sugar levels. If sugar levels climb too high or too low, it can impact the health of your heart, kidneys, and eyes.
  • Heart disease takes on different forms. Congestive heart failure is one and occurs when the heart doesn't pump blood in and out of the chambers effectively. Coronary heart failure is another. It occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart.
  • High blood pressure affects about 33 percent of adults and doesn't have noticeable signs. A healthy blood pressure should be lower than 120/80. Medications can help lower high blood pressure, but diet and exercise are the first steps to take. Untreated high blood pressure increases the risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease.
  • The CDC reports that 41 percent of seniors 60 or older are obese. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and other chronic conditions. Diet and exercise are necessary to get one's weight to a healthy level.
When your parent's health is impacted, daily activities may be harder to complete. Senior care services help them complete important tasks like personal care, meals, transportation, and housekeeping. Call a senior care agency to talk about services available to your parents.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sugarhouse, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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