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Most Common Health Issues San Francisco Seniors Face

by Amy, February 12, 2016

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San Francisco seniors face a number of health-related issues as they grow older. Depending on the health problems a senior faces, in home care may be an essential factor in allowing an elderly loved one to remain in his/her home, while being safe. We have included some of the most common health issues seniors face below.

Heart problems are usually the most notable health concern, and may include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure. In addition, seniors often develop:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence
  • Lung problems
  • Loss of balance

There are countless other health problems seniors may face as they grow older, including dementia. As we grow older, the list of health conditions just grows longer - it's a natural, normal part of aging. Some who are getting older find that getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or get a snack becomes almost impossible. For others, doing chores such as laundry or sweeping/vacuuming may become a real problem because of arthritis or osteoporosis.

The simple fact is that as we grow older, every task or chore can become more difficult. This means that for seniors who wish to remain in their own homes, getting assistance is critical. Home caregivers can enhance the lives of seniors, providing healthier meals for those with cardiovascular issues, helping them walk or exercise, and more.

When a senior has balance problems, it is important to have a caregiver available around the clock. Falls in the home are the number one cause of accidental death for seniors age 65 and older, so having someone you can trust to care for an aging loved one throughout the day (or night) is important.

Growing older unfortunately brings with it an increased risk of depression as seniors often become unable to socialize or connect as they once did. An in home caregiver can provide morale support, participate in activities that promote physical and emotional well-being, and more. For many seniors, simply having someone to drive them to the grocery store, enjoy a movie with, or share in completing a jigsaw puzzle can bring so much joy. Emotional health has a direct impact on physical health, so staying mentally active and balanced is essential. Caregivers can also help seniors learn how to use the latest technologies to stay connected to friends and loves ones using the Internet.

Seniors face so many emotional and physical health issues as they age, however having someone who cares and is compassionate is often a positive life force. You want your aging parent, grandparent, or other elderly loved one to feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled. At Care Indeed, our San Francisco home caregivers treat your loved one as if they were his/her own loved one, providing exceptional care you can count on day or night.