While many elderly people age gracefully, others are subjected to the major health issues facing the elderly people.
The elderly are defined here, and old age generally starts with and identified by greying hair and the decline of vitality.
As explained elsewhere on this website, the aging seniors’ population is rising faster than the younger generation (AARP….). And if the health issues involved are not well understood and prepared for by the government, care institutions, and loved ones, taking care of senior citizens, will present gigantic problems.
This post will detail these health issues and propose effective methods to deal with them to allow senior citizens to live a happy life.
Aging is a normal process of life. It is good and should be expected and prepared for. Every living thing starts as a seed, then becomes a young living thing. The next stage is the transformation into a fully grown adult.
At this stage, every living thing must produce its own seed. At the end of this stage, aging begins. The end of this aging is marked by the extinguishing of the fire of life – death.
This is the way it is as the Creator ordained. Anything outside of this order is not of the Creator.
Consequences of Aging.
The major health issues facing the elderly people are detailed below. The onset is at the beginning of the aging period.
Luckily for some people at this stage, have no visible ailments or disabilities. They are healthy and enjoy the normal aging process, except for some maintenance duties like routine checkups with the doctor.
It includes taking some vitamins to aid the immune systems, and some over-the-counter medicines to ward off aches and pain. And most importantly, being careful not to injure the old fragile bones and creaking joints.
They are said to be aging gracefully. But some people are not so lucky: they are rather besieged by a myriad of disabilities and diseases.
For ease of identification, the major health issues facing elderly People can be grouped into three: normal aging disabilities, age-related chronic diseases, and chronic diseases that took root before the onset of old age.
a) Normal Aging disabilities
The major health issues facing elderly people include frailty and weakness due to the normal decline of body functions. These can result in unsteadiness or balance issues and a propensity to falls.
Falls can result in very dangerous or fatal situations. In fact, falls account for more deaths among aging seniors than any other disability. But with careful management, falls can be prevented.
Adult type 2 diabetes, influenza, and pneumonia are managed with careful lifestyle changes and precautions.
Cognition refers to the ability to think, reason sensibly, and make decisions. A well-known form of cognitive health is dementia which deprives the elderly of those abilities.
Under these normal aging conditions, the senior citizen can live out the old age happy.
b) Pre-Aging Chronic Diseases
These include osteoporosis, arthritis, heart diseases, stroke, substance abuse, cancer, and obesity. This group of diseases started from past indiscretions and lifestyles of the youthful days. This characterization may be hard to accept.
Healthcare professionals simply ‘manage’ the chronic conditions by prescribing a lifestyle that was ignored before the aging process began.
This will include requiring the elder to adopt routine checkups with the healthcare professional, eat a healthy diet, and maintain regular exercise. Vitamins and supplements may be prescribed to aid weakened body metabolism.
c) Age-Related Chronic Disease
These types of disabilities occur only at old age, again, due to the steady decline of the body systems and functions.
These include cognitive decline, sight and hearing issues; respiratory and oral health issues. Type 2 adult-onset diabetes, mental disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS could be included in this group also.
These disabilities can only be managed by healthcare professionals. There are no permanent cures for them.
This post provides an interesting read on the consequences of old age and the effects of past indiscretions on the aging process.
It is evident that there is a correlation between the aging process and the decline of body systems and metabolism. The appearance of the consequences of youthful indiscretions at old age is a separate matter.
It is no wonder that many elderly peoples from advanced countries over 70 years old, lose their permanent teeth to cavity and gum diseases. These being the case, one has to prepare for the future by taking care of it now, the present.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
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