At Easy Living Care Home , we believe that education is the key to providing information about long-term care and about what to expect as a loved one ages. Our mission is taking care of people who cannot take care of themselves, and it is a mission we take very seriously.
Although this list certainly is not all-inclusive, here are a few effects and risk factors involved in aging:
Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization for the elderly. One-third of people over age 65 are affected by nutritional deficiencies. The incidence of protein-calorie malnutrition is higher among the elderly than any other segment of the population. (Source: Columbia University Medical Center)
About 9 perfect of residents in healthcare centers have pressure sores. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident. An additional 25 million people suffer acute pain resulting from surgery or accident. (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes thinning and weakening of normal bone. More than half of all Americans 50 and older have low bone mass, which puts them at increased risk of developing osteoporosis and related fractures. The percentage increases drastically, especially among women, as people age. (Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation)
In 2001, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries and 373,000 were hospitalized. The chance that a fall will cause a severe injury requiring hospitalization greatly increases with age. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Scientists think that up to 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The disease usually begins after age 60, and risk goes up with age. About 3 percent of men and women ages 65 to 74 have Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease. (Source: Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center)