Senior Health refers to topics of interest for older and retired Americans.
As people grow older, their bodies wear down through the general wear and tear of life, so one of the most important topics for seniors is what type of Long Term Care they will get. Long Term Care is health care over a series of years, as people get older. It can mean a variety of things, from home care, which is care in the home from a visiting nurse or health professional, to assisted living or even to nursing home care. One of the important aspects of Long Term Care that seniors have to go over is whether the federal program Medicare will pay for this health service. There is a great deal of information available on the Internet relating to what Medicare will pay for.
As mentioned above, as people get older they break down due to the wear and tear of life, so seniors are more at risk than younger people of getting sick, of breaking bones, and of experiencing injuries in the course of their daily lives.
There are also a number of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, that are more specific to seniors. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, or a medical condition that interferes with the way the brain works. Alzheimer’s proceeds in stages over months or years and gradually destroys a person’s memory, reason, judgment, speaking ability, and eventually the ability to carry out even simple tasks. According to the National Institute of Health, between 2 and 4 million people suffer from dementia associated with aging, and of these approximately two-thirds have Alzheimer’s. Although there is no cure Alzheimer’s, it is possible to reduce the effects of some of its symptoms.
Another disease that more commonly affects people over the age of 60 is Parkinson’s. This disease does not affect everyone in the same way. In some people it progresses quickly, while in others it doesn’t. It causes some people to become severely disabled while others experience only minor disruptions. The most common symptom of Parkinson’s is the “tremor”, which is a rhythmic back-and-forth motion of the thumb and forefinger, otherwise known as “pill rolling.” Tremor is rarely disabling and usually disappears during sleep or improves with intentional movement. Another symptom of Parkinson’s is rigidity, where the patient feels aches, stiffness, or weakness when trying to move.
Another disease, which affects seniors more than the general population, is heart disease and, more specifically, heart attacks, which are the number one cause of death among Americans.
As this information shows, seniors need to pay more attention to their health than younger Americans. This includes making more frequent checkups with your doctor or health care professional, and paying close attention to the symptoms mentioned above.