To help live with chronic conditions, you may have to change your lifestyle so that you can live better with your disease. Taking care of yourself and understanding what your disease is about will give you a more enjoyable quality of life. Sometimes, too, it isn’t chronic diseases but other causes which will affect you aging in place. Caring People blog has cover the topic.
Diseases which may affect your quality of life
There are some diseases which could affect the quality of your life if you let them go without treatment. Some conditions can be managed with medication, machines or treatment.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: If you notice changes in your breathing, then see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can recommend different medicines to help to open up your lungs breathing tubes. This will permit you to breathe easier.
- Cardiovascular Disease: This disease increases with age and is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiovascular disease affects the blood vessels and your heart. It can cause coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, stroke, orthostatic hypotension and congenital heart disease.
- Age-related hearing loss: Hearing loss increases with age with 43% of hearing loss affecting seniors of the age 65 or older. When you can’t hear, it can take a toll on your quality of life, lead to social withdrawal and depression. Too, hearing aids aren’t always the answer because they can amplify the wrong sounds making the problem worse.
- Vision: As you age, the chances of getting a related eye disease also rises. These diseases range from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts to glaucoma. Regular eye exams should be done yearly with testing for glaucoma included. Glaucoma can be stopped, but the vision which is lost can’t be restored.
Other conditions which are life changing
- Influenza and Pneumonia: These conditions sometimes aren’t taken as seriously as they should be considered. In fact, the flu and pneumonia rank among the top eight of what causes death in people over 65. One reason is as you age, your immune system wears down, and you become more vulnerable. Flu and pneumonia shots are recommended by doctors for seniors.
- Falls: More than any other age group, seniors are treated in the emergency room for falling. Being aware of tripping and falling dangers in your home are one way to prevent falling and causing severe injury.
- Abuse of substances: One concern about abuse of substances is mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. By combining substance abuse and alcohol, it can have an impact on your overall health and increase your risk of falling.
- Obesity: When your weight goes up, so does your risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. If you’re obese, it can be a signal that you aren’t as mobile or as active as you once were. You may want to talk to your doctor about an exercise plan which will suit you.
Taking care of yourself is a number one priority as you age so you can age in place.