There are a number of conditions which appear to be more prevalent in elderly patients as well as certain ailments which commonly affect older patients. Unfortunately, many of the conditions which elderly people suffer from are considered to be chronic conditions which require on-going management. Although some conditions do affect elderly patients more often than younger patients, it shouldn’t be assumed the illness simply coincides with getting older or that ill health is simply a part of getting older. With the right management and treatment, illnesses can often be cured or managed and symptoms can be lessened and alleviated.
Arthritis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and heart failure are among some of the most common illnesses suffered by elderly patients. In addition to this, adult onset diabetes and kidney problems are often seen in older patients. Although there is currently no cure for some of these illnesses, there are treatments available which can limit the effects of the illness. For example, arthritis is caused by a number of factors and can result in significant pain for patients. Although Doctors cannot remove the condition completely, there are a number of medications which can reduce pain and ensure the patient remains as mobile as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease is another condition which is common in older patients. The disease is often classified in four categories and patients can find their abilities limited as the disease progresses. However, there are treatments available which can stop the disease worsening and some even enable patients to restore some cognitive function and improve memory. Much of the treatment for Alzheimer’s focuses on intellectual stimulation in order to improve recall rates and memory. This can be extremely beneficial for patients who are able to limit the effects of the disease and ensure they remain as independent as possible.
In addition to the symptoms caused by illness, elderly patients are often concerned about the effects an illness may have on their lifestyle. For example, some may experience mobility problems or fear they will be unable to live alone. In some instances this stops people seeking medical help meaning illnesses worsen unnecessarily. By detecting illnesses early there is a greater chance of recovery and more effective symptom management options are available to the patient. Although there are a range of medical options available depending on the condition in question, there is also a range of practical help available to elderly patients. For example, elderly patients may find it useful to have some assistance at home or benefit from a prescription delivery service if they find travelling difficult. In addition to this, there are a number of organisations which offer help with tasks such as shopping or travelling to medical appointments.
By seeking help as early as possible elderly patients can access the appropriate medical treatment and have the best chance of making a full recovery. When a full cure is not available, early detection often means the illness can often be halted and symptoms limited meaning they often won’t impair on the patient’s lifestyle at all. Although some conditions are most common in elderly patients, they are not simply to be accepted. Patients should seek medical advice in order to cure or manage illnesses so as they remain as healthy as possible and are able to maintain their quality of life.
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