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Dehydration in elderly adults is a serious condition that arises when people do not get enough fluids, or when they lose fluids too quickly. Water is just as important to human health as oxygen, so it’s vital that we get enough of it at any age.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that impacts mental functions such as memory. It begins as mild confusion before developing into its more severe state, which causes significant memory loss and personality change.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. It causes muscle problems, disability, and eventually, death. People with ALS face unique challenges, as do their carers.
Unexpected accidents can be life changing for older adults, impacting their mobility and physical health. That's why fall prevention in the elderly is so important. While addressing the underlying cause of falls is the right course of action, a comprehensive fall prevention strategy is required to keep seniors protected and comfortable.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a form of seasonal depression. If you notice you feel depressed during the winter months, but your symptoms go away in spring or summer, you may have SAD. An estimated four to six percent of people have winter depression, while an additional ten to twenty percent have mild SAD symptoms.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that can have a major impact on quality of life, and result in long-term consequences. Luckily, it can be treated and its complications can be managed with with proper management.
Heartburn, acid reflux, and sharp pain after eating may be the result of a condition called GERD. If you have experienced these symptoms you don’t need to worry, since GERD can be managed through lifestyle changes and medications.
Caregiver burnout is a form of physical and mental drain can leave you feeling negative, frustrated, and resentful. Luckily, caregiver burnout—also called caregiver stress or caregiver stress syndrome—doesn’t last forever. If you take steps to prevent and treat it, burnout can resolve within a few weeks or months, allowing you to excel in your role once more.
Calf cramps or sudden muscle spasms in the calf can happen to anyone, at any time. While they may seem like minor injuries, the truth is that they can seriously impair quality of life or threaten long-term injury, especially for the elderly.
Elderly loneliness is a major health concern, threatening feelings of unworthiness and leading to depression, reduced mobility, and other symptoms. While isolation and lack of companionship are the major causes of loneliness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can trigger negative feelings as well.
Arthritis in the wrist is common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but osteoarthritis and posttraumatic arthritis can also cause wrist joint inflammation. Although symptoms vary, most of them develop over time and can cause permanent joint damage.
Arthritis is not a specific disease, but a group of disorders affecting the joints, and it is characterized by inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and decreased mobility. These arthritis symptoms come and go, but will progress and worsen with time. Arthritis is more common among seniors and is the leading cause of disability in the geriatric population.