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Common Illnesses amongst seniors

April 30, 2020

Ageing is often considered a graceful process by which we become wiser, and more experienced in the world. We also create strong familial and friendship bonds too.

However, upon reaching a certain age in life, often it is inevitable that we will need some care or another. Most of the time, this will be medical care from our local GPs and NHS staff to aid us through conditions when our bodies become weaker. In these moments, it is paramount that we receive the best home and medical care possible when required. Typical conditions suffered by people 55 years or older are:

  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s/ Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia. It is a progressive disorder causing brain cells to degenerate. Typically, according to the MayoClinic, it leads to a ‘continuous decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills’, and can affect memory too. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s generally include increasing age from 65 years old and onwards, genetic and hereditary reasons and lifestyle factors.

Whilst there is no medical ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s, according to the NHS, there are some actions that can be taken to reduce the risk or onset of dementia. Please find further guidance on the NHS website and support from the NGO Alzheimer’s Society (United Against Dementia).

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK along, more than 10 million people have arthritis or similar conditions. It is not solely limited to the elderly, although common amongst them. Symptoms generally include restricted joint movements and joint pain.

Luckily, there are some natural pain reliefs to arthritis. An example of this is doing more daily exercise to maintain flexibility in joints, use hot and cold therapy or try acupuncture. Further examples of natural remedies can be found through https://www.arthritis.org/home.

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s, like Alzheimer’s, causes problems in the brain which get worse over time. Parkinson’s UK estimates that more than 1 million people in the UK are affected. Parkinson’s often causes slowness of movement, tremors and stiffness.

There is treatment for Parkinson’s such as medication and therapies. Therapies can include physiotherapy to relieve symptoms and pain. There are steps that can be taken to improve lifestyle, such as care and support services, which can help to plan for future care needs with Parkinson’s. Additionally, Parkinson’s UK is the main support and research charity for the disease in the UK. They have confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 and email at hello@parkinsons.org.uk.

Cancer

There are various different types of cancer. The most common types are breast, lung, prostate and bowel cancer according to the NHS. It is estimated that there are around 200,000 different forms in total.

There are various support groups and NGOs such as Macmillan Cancer (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/), as well as local support services. Often, cancer treatment can be difficult for those going through it. In these circumstances, individuals will need pastoral and emotional care throughout, from their loved ones, friends and from the staff supporting them.

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