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Classes start in December, January, and February!
Oakridge Gardens is fully sponsoring C.N.A. classes. Please contact 920-739-0111 for more information. Classes start in November and December!

5 Health Concerns for Seniors

For many Americans, growing older means carefully managing certain health conditions to stay healthy. Being aware of common conditions that affect seniors can help you better manage your health and take steps to reduce your risk of disease. Here are five health concerns seniors should be aware of.

1. Cataracts

Cataracts are one of the most common group of eye conditions affecting people over age 60. Cataracts occur when the natural lens that covers your eye becomes cloudy.
Symptoms tend to start out small and gradually increase over time. Diabetes, hypertension, obesity and lifestyle factors such as smoking increase the risk of cataracts. Having a family history of cataracts also increases your risk.
Eating a diet rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin reduces cataract risk. Leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are some of the best carotenoid sources in your diet.

2. Osteoporosis 

Bones are susceptible to the aging process. You naturally lose bone density as you get older because the rate of bone formation and resorption slows down. This makes your bones weaker than when you were younger, resulting in an increased risk of falls and fractures. 
The spine, hips, ribs and wrists are common areas where seniors experience fractures. The good news is that some lifestyle changes can help prevent osteoporosis and slow its progression if you have it.
Eating a diet rich in calcium and following a strength training program designed for seniors are ways to improve bone density and slow bone loss.

3. Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most recognized age-related conditions that many seniors must manage to maintain mobility. Close to 50% of adults over the age of 65 have some form of arthritis that affects their daily life.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in older people and occurs when the connective tissue that supports your bones and joints wears away. When this happens there isn't enough cushion between your joints, which causes the bones to rub together.
You are most likely to experience stiffness, swelling and tenderness in your hands, neck and lower back if you have arthritis. It's crucial to work with your doctor to effectively manage your condition. Treatment depends on the type of arthritis you have, however, medications to control inflammation are most commonly used.

4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Respiratory diseases are common among people age 65 and older, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affecting more women than men. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two types of COPD. 
In chronic bronchitis, the air pathway of the lungs becomes inflamed, while in emphysema, the air sacs in your lungs become damaged. Seniors with COPD are at an increased risk of pneumonia and other lung infections. However, medication and oxygen therapy can help preserve your health and quality of life. 

5. Heart Disease

Risk factors such as high blood pressure, being overweight and high cholesterol increase your chance of developing heart disease. Roughly 70% of men and women between the ages of 60 and 69 have heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Seniors can do a number of things to reduce their risk of heart disease.
Work with your doctor to manage your weight, if you're overweight. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight goes a long way in lowering your risk. Getting your blood pressure and diabetes within recommended ranges is another way to reduce your risk of heart disease. Engaging in appropriate exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables are just as important.
When you do experience health issues, it's important to work with a healthcare team experienced with senior care. At Oakridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Memory Center GardenView, LLC., our main goal is to rehabilitate seniors so that they are strong enough to return home. Whether you need help recovering from a slip and fall or need cognitive care, our team can help.