As women age, some health conditions and illnesses become a larger risk. Some of these health concerns are easily treated, but others can change mobility and cognitive skills. Take a closer look at four of the most common health concerns elderly women face.
Women account for approximately 66 percent of all Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. A study from the University of Valencia in Spain shows that while the body is able to protect against issues with amyloid proteins in young women, it loses some of that ability as a woman ages.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease with no cure. As the symptoms worsen, elderly women with Alzheimer’s will struggle with personal care, meals, transportation, mobility, and cognitive skills. Homecare services become necessary.
The CDC reports that of the 54.4 million adults with arthritis, more women than men have the inflammatory condition. It’s also more common in the elderly than in younger adults. Osteoarthritis is the most common form. It affects the knees, hands, and hips most often.
Arthritis makes it hard to move. Aching and stiffness are common complaints. It can make it hard for your mom to chop vegetables, stand up after sitting or laying for an extended period of time, or stand in place for more than a few minutes. Homecare services providers become helpful at meals and while walking up and down stairs or getting out of chairs or beds.
About 12 percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their life. Older women have a higher risk. About 66 percent of new breast cancer cases are in women over the age of 54. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of survival.
Breast cancer treatments require many doctor’s appointments. Transportation is one area where caregivers help. They can also be vital for meals, medication reminders, and being there for support on days after chemo or radiation treatments.
About 44 million women have heart disease, and 9 out of 10 women have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. Studies find that exercise is one of the top ways women have to reduce the risk. At least 30 minutes of moderate activity is advised. Mixing up fitness programs helps.
A diet is also important. Avoiding added sugars, excessive amounts of sodium, and saturated fats is key. Some experts believe of all the diets out there, the Mediterranean Diet is the best for the heart and easiest to follow. The diet allows a small glass of red wine each day, plenty of seafood and vegetables, and whole grains.
When your mom’s mobility or cognitive skills decline, she needs support. You don’t want her risking her physical or mental health by trying to do things completely alone. Homecare services providers help. They offer the support your mom needs without impacting her desire to live independently. Call our homecare agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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