Medical Conditions in Older Adults

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Heart Disease

By Joseph Kertis | 1 year ago
Heart disease includes numerous conditions under the heart disease umbrella. Heart disease is often called cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases are conditions that involve blocked blood vessels or narrowed blood vessels that can eventually lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain. There are several other heart conditions listed here on The Heart & Stroke Foundation. Heart disease affects older adults more as you age. It is vital to have regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor your heart disease. There are several types of Heart Disease. Knowing your symptoms and monitoring the care is key to a healthy heart....

Oral Health Issues

By Marcel Gemme | 1 year ago
Oral health refers to the teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that allows us to smile, speak, and chew. There are common diseases that affect oral health, like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. According to the State of Oral Health in Canada, approximately 75% of Canadians visit a dental clinic annually, and 86% do so as least once every two years. Collectively, Canadians have experienced significant decreases in levels of dental decay over the past 40 years. Unfortunately, access to dental care is not feasible for everyone. However, approximately 80% of Canadians have a dentist, yet 32% of...

Respiratory Illnesses

By Joseph Kertis | 1 year ago
Respiratory illness or disease affects the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system. These diseases are caused by infection, smoking, or breathing in secondhand tobacco smoke, radon, asbestos, or other forms of air pollution. Respiratory disease includes asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, and lung cancer. The World Health Organization defines chronic respiratory disease as a disease of the lung's airways and other structures. Some of the most common are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, occupational lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Unfortunately, chronic respiratory diseases are not curable. However, various treatments help dilate major air passages and...

Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis

By Joseph Kertis | 1 year ago
What is Osteoarthritis? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. The problem occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees, where the cartilage within a joint begins to break down, and the underlying bone begins to change. Some of the signs and symptoms are pain or aching, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and swelling. There are significant risk factors such as joint injury or overuse, the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with age; women are more likely to develop it. Other risks include obesity, as extra weight puts more...

How COVID 19 Affects Underlying Health Conditions in Aging Adults

By Marcel Gemme | 1 year ago
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that cause disease in animals and humans. Per the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, many of these diseases circulate among camels, cats, and bats and sometimes evolve to infect people. Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the mid-1960s—a novel coronavirus that causes the disease coronavirus disease 2019 emerged in a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Human to human transmission occurs through close contact. According to the World Health Organization, most people with COVID-19 experience mild to...

Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

By Joseph Kertis | 1 year ago
Cognitive impairments in older adults could be either mild or severe. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is generally problems with memory, language, thinking, or judgment. Mild cognitive impairment is usually not severe enough to interfere with your loved one's daily life. Severe cognitive impairment could lead to losing the ability to ability to talk or even write in some. Severe cases could also result in an inability to live independently. Cognitive impairment can change how your loved one thinks, acts, and feels. Your loved one may have their good days and bad days. Knowing that it's the disease and not your...