Did you know? Seniors account for 12% of the world’s population – and statistics show that the number will increase to over 22% by 2050.
With this increasing number, it is important to understand the challenges that people face as they age. More importantly, it is important to recognize that there are preventive measures that can help you (or a loved one) achieve healthy aging.
UR FIRST Home Health, a reputable provider of home health services in Las Vegas, Nevada, lists down some common problems that seniors face during their golden years. We also offer solutions to set you on a path to healthy aging:
- Chronic Health Issues
According to the National Council on Aging, around 80% of seniors have at least one chronic health issue, and 77% have at least two. Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer are among the most common health conditions affecting older adults.
As a concerned home health agency in Nevada, we recommend meeting with a physician for an annual checkup. We also recommend regular exercise and maintaining your healthy diet to help prevent or manage chronic health issues.
- Falls and Physical Injuries
Every 11 seconds, a senior is taken to the emergency room for a fall. Further statistics show that one out of five senior persons gets a serious injury because of falls. This makes falls the primary cause of injury among the elderly. Because aging causes muscles to lose flexibility and strength and bones to shrink, seniors are more susceptible to losing their balance, fracturing a bone, and other physical injuries.
However, falls are not inevitable. They can be prevented through home modifications and proper fall education. Moreover, our physical therapy service can help improve a senior’s balance, flexibility, and muscle strength, therefore reducing their fall risk.
- Mental Health
Did you know? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 15% of seniors over 60 years old suffer from a mental disorder. Among seniors, the most common mental disorder is depression – it occurs in 7% of the elderly population.
Senior depression can be caused by several factors, such as social isolation, major life changes, and dealing with a serious illness. For seniors who are feeling isolated and lonely at home, and are dealing with a chronic health issue, we can help. As a home health provider, we offer companionship and a range of other health services that can help you stay healthy.
Malnutrition among seniors over 65 years old is often underdiagnosed. It can lead to other elderly health issues, such as muscle weakness and a weakened immune system. Malnutrition can be caused by depression, dietary restrictions, limited income, and other health problems (i.e. seniors with dementia may forget to eat).
As a trusted provider of skilled nursing in Nevada, we have nurses and home health aides who can help with dietary education, as well as meal planning and preparation. Furthermore, we also offer nutritional services to address nutrition issues among the elderly.