A lot of our elders are coping with at least one of the following conditions, and many are dealing with two or more of the following:
- Heart conditions (hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease)
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Incontinence (urine and stool)
- Breathing problems
- Frequent falls, which can lead to fractures
- Parkinson’s disease
- Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, Macular Degeneration)
As the body changes, other things to be aware of are:
- A slowed reaction time, which is especially important when judging if a person can drive.
- Thinner skin, which can lead to breakdowns and wounds that don’t heal quickly
- A weakened immune system, which can make fighting off viruses, bacteria and diseases difficult
- Diminished sense of taste or smell, especially for smokers, which can lead to diminished appetite and dehydration
The list can seem daunting. However, with proper care, aging adults can have a life filled with joy.