3 Most Common Health Concerns for Older Adults

Increasing age can bring a number of diseases for seniors. Changes in a senior’s body that come with aging can make it harder for him or her to maintain a high quality of life. Winnipeg home care experts discuss few most common diseases found in seniors.

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Hypothermia:

Hypothermia happens when a senior’s body temperature gets very low. For seniors, a body temperature lowers than 95°F can be a cause for concern. Many health issues such as heart attack, kidney diseases, and liver damage are caused at this temperature.

Hypothermia can happen to anyone, but seniors are at a higher risk because their bodies often cannot adjust to changes in temperatures quickly. Symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, cold skin, mental confusion, slowed reactions, weakness, and sleepiness.

Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. Therefore, seniors should try to stay away from cold places. Seniors can take certain steps to lower the chances of getting hypothermia. Seniors should wear very warm clothes and should not go out of their house. Seniors should also install heaters in their homes to reduce the chances of hypothermia.

Alzheimer’s disease:

Another common, progressive illness seen in senior citizens is Alzheimer’s disease. There are four phases of this disease, starting with the pre-dementia stage and then following through early and moderate to the advanced. Experts believe that cognitive decline has a significant impact on a senior’s health.

The most common causes of Alzheimer’s disease are poor cardiovascular health, poor dietary intake, and lack of social activity. Although it is progressive, seniors can slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by adopting a few healthy habits in their life. These include regular exercise, proper sleep, and eating foods rich in Omega 3, flavonoids, and Vitamin C and E. Families of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can consider hiring the professional services of Alzheimer’s home care. Winnipeg experts can help in boosting a senior’s lifestyle.

Cataract:

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Vision with cataract can appear cloudy or blurry and colors may seem faded. A cataract can grow larger with time and can even cloud more of the lens, making it harder for seniors to see. It can even occur in both of the eyes. Most cataracts are related to aging. Other causes of cataract include diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption, and exposure to sunlight. The symptoms include cloudy, blurred vision. Seniors with cataract may not see colors as bright as they once did and lights from the lamps may appear to be too bright for them.

Author Bio: William Johnson has been associated with the senior home care industry. At Home Care Assistance Winnipeg he is responsible for managing business operations and ensuring seniors and their families receive the high-quality services they deserve.

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