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Preparing Seniors For Flu Season

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Sep 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

Influenza is a serious and highly infectious disease that normally affects between 5 and 20 percent of the United States population every year. This leads to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every year.

 

According to the National Institutes of Health, influenza causes the death of over 36,000 Americans every year. However, these deaths likely could have been avoided if an active effort was made to reduce your risk of influenza. For example, making a few easy lifestyle changes and getting a flu shot are likely all you need to do to avoid dealing with this problem.

 

Unfortunately, seniors are more likely to deal with issues related to influenza due to the weakened immune system associated with aging. Influenza is a problem that generally subsides for younger individuals, but one that can persist and cause major health problems for seniors.

 

Before we look at a few tips and changes that you can make to avoid the flu, let’s look at the problem more closely.

 

Seniors And The Flu

Tissues and a cup of tea. It is important to prep seniors for the flu as their immune systems tend to be weaker

For most people, the flu is something that you will recover in a few days to less than two weeks. With that said, there are some people who are more at risk. For example, senior citizens, due to immune system issues.

 

The immune system is used to protect the body from foreign and harmful substances such as bacteria and viruses. As mentioned before, there are a number of age related immune system changes that can influence and affect the way that the body deals with these threats.

 

There are a number of symptoms associated with seniors and the flu, some of these symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain and pressure in the chest
  • Persistent dizziness and confusion
  • Seizures
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Fever and cough
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

 

There are a few things that you can do to reduce the risks from immune system aging. For example, prioritizing diet and exercise can both help boost the immune system. Likewise, limiting smoking and intake of alcohol can help immune system aging.

 

Along with these tips, you can make a few lifestyle changes to just avoid the flu in general.

 

Tips To Avoid Flu

An individual washing their hands. Preparing seniors for flu season can be done by washing hands or getting a flu shot

Here are a few simple things that you can do in your life to reduce your chances of catching the flu:

 

Wash Your Hands — Viruses can stay on door handles, handrails, your phone, and other things that you are constantly around. However, making sure to wash your hands with hot water and soap will significantly lower your risk of catching this virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before running them under clean, running water and drying them with a clean towel.

 

Avoid Touching Your Face — Everyone is touching their faces constantly throughout the day, so much that you may not even realize you are doing it. During flu season, putting your hands in your face, around your mouth and nose can make it easy to transfer a virus. However, by being conscious of this and making an active effort to avoid touching your face, you may be able to avoid this problem entirely.

 

Clean And Disinfect — You are always moving about the house and your room, picking things up, touching them, and more. If you fail to clean these materials, it gives viruses and bacteria the chance to get into your system. Just be sure that you are keeping your living area clean.

 

Along with these simple things that you can do, you can also find a location that is offering flu vaccines and get your annual flu shot. It is one of the most effective ways that you can avoid the problem during flu season.

 

Flu Vaccine

A doctor holding a stethescope. Preparing seniors for flu season can be done by getting a flu shot

The best way that you can protect yourself against the flu and the health problems that can arise from influenza is by getting a flu vaccine.

 

The flu vaccine is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at a high risk of developing complications related to the flu. Flu vaccines are updated each season as needed as the viruses change.

 

High Dose Flu Vaccine — A high dose vaccine is about 4 times as strong as a regular flu shot. This type of flu shot is associated with stronger immune system. Results from different trials have shown that among the more than 30,000 participants that are 65 and older who received the high dose vaccines, 24 percent had fewer influenza infections compared to those who received the standard dose flu vaccine.

 

Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine — The adjuvanted flu vaccine is made with an additive that creates a stronger immune response to vaccination. One observational study done on the efficacy of the adjuvanted flu vaccine has found that patients who were given this type of vaccination was 63 percent more effective than regular dose flu shots.

 

Overall, getting a flu vaccine is one of the easiest, least invasive ways to improve your chances of avoiding the flu.

 

Next Steps

As mentioned before, the flu poses health risks but is even more problematic for seniors as it can lead to major health risks, hospitalization, and even death. While there are a few things that you can do to avoid the flu, some seniors may not have the mobility available to do them. With that said, caregivers and assisted living facilities can provide your loved one with the care that they need to ensure that they can do everything possible to avoid the flu.

 

One senior living facility in Hobbs that can help is Landmark Senior Living. Landmark is dedicated to providing your loved one with the care and support that they need at this chapter in their lives. If you are interested in learning more about what Landmark can offer your loved one, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a complimentary walkthrough of one of our facilities.

 

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Topics: Senior Health

It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Sep 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco is a bad habit that can lead to disastrous consequences and diseases. Ultimately, cigarettes and tobacco are one of the main causes of death in the country. This problem is not age-specific. Everyone over the age of 18 can have issues with tobacco and cigarettes, including seniors.

 

While there are obvious dangers related to the use of tobacco, there are, luckily, ways that you can quit. And everyone can quit, it doesn’t matter how old you are.

 

Dangers Of Smoking

An older man holding a cigarette in his hands. Its never too late to quit smoking

Smoking cigarettes is a pretty dangerous and nasty habit.

 

Smoking is guaranteed to shorten your life. In fact, it causes about one in every five deaths in the United States each year. Smoking causes a number of different issues including:

 

Lung disease — Smoking is something that obviously affects the lungs as it goes through the airways in the respiratory system. It can cause a number of different respiratory problems and lung diseases including bronchitis and emphysema.

 

Heart disease — Tobacco and cigarettes specifically is something that will have an effect on your cardiovascular system.

 

Cancer — Cigarettes and tobacco are known carcinogens that can lead to many different types of cancer including cancer of the lungs, mouth, esophagus, liver, kidneys, and more.

 

Respiratory problems — As mentioned before, cigarettes will affect the lungs and lead to respiratory issues. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to suffer from flu, pneumonia, and other infections that can affect your breathing.

 

Osteoporosis — Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. Smoking is one of the major risk factors that can cause osteoporosis.

 

Eye Diseases — Smoking is also linked to increased risk of eye diseases and the problem can actually lead to issues such as vision loss and blindness. Specific diseases include cataracts and age-related macular.

 

Diabetes — It is also important to be aware that smokers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. Moreover, smoking can make it harder to control diabetes once you have it.

 

E-Cigarettes

Recently, e-cigarettes and vaping has become more of a trend in the United States and many think that e-cigarettes hold no or far fewer health risks than cigarettes. However, it is too early to make these types of claims. While they may hold not as many risks as cigarettes they are by no means good for you.

 

According to the National Institute on Health, e-cigarettes may contain harmful substances and cancer-causing chemicals in addition to nicotine. Some of the flavorings that people use in e-cigarettes have even been linked to lung disease.

 

Overall, more research is required and scientists still need to study the long-term effects of e-cigarettes before many definitive claims can be made.

 

Quitting

A woman holding out her hands because she wants to stop smoking. Its never too late to quit smoking

As you can see, there are many health risks that come with smoking. You may be sitting there and thinking that it is too late for you and quitting is irrelevant given your age, but this is not the case.

 

It’s never too late to quit smoking.

 

While it may be a hard habit to kick, especially if you’ve been doing it for years.

 

Evidence has shown that quitting at any age can add years to your life, can help you breathe more easily, have more energy, and save money. It can also help with the following:

  • Lower your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, and lung disease
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell as nerve endings begin to regenerate.
  • Breathing will improve
  • Your chance of getting cancer will be lower

 

There are a number of things that you can do to help yourself quit.

 

Set A Date — Often people will say they are going to quit smoking and never do, this can be because they say something like “Oh, I’ll quit in a few days” or “I’ll quit sometime soon”. However, if you make the decision more concrete and set a specific date, it will give you more motivation and a better chance at quitting specifically.

 

Tell Friends — One thing that you can do to improve your chances of quitting successfully would be to tell your friends and family that you are quitting. If you do this, you will be more committed to your success as you don’t want to appear to fail. Moreover, your family and loved ones can help hold you accountable to your success.

 

Avoid Triggers — Whenever you quit something that you have a dependence on, you will likely be exposed to a number of triggers and stimuli that could make you want to start smoking again. Some of the ways that you can avoid triggers include spending time with non-smokers, avoid caffeine as it will make you feel jittery, change your routine to avoid things that you may associate with smoking. Also, be sure to throw away all your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays before the day that you quit.

 

Now What?

If your loved one is trying to quit smoking, you can help them. Holding them accountable and offering to do things with them will help distract them from any cravings or urges that they may be feeling. Smoking can lead to serious illnesses, diseases, and an early death. Unfortunately, seniors can deal with major disabilities that can impede their ability to live independently. If this is the case, it may be best to seek the help of an assisted living facility that can help your loved one as they enter this chapter of their lives.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in Hobbs that is dedicated to providing our residents with the highest quality care possible while also giving them the opportunity to experience fun social events. Our employees are here to help your loved one with whatever they might need. One of the most successful programs we offer is our memory care to help seniors who deal with issues related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If you would like to learn more about Landmark Senior Living and how we can help, please visit our website and schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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Topics: Senior Health

Common Sleep Issues For Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Sep 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Along with many physical changes that come with aging, there are also a number of behavioral changes that can occur. For example, changes in sleep patterns are a normal part of the aging process and many older adults can experience trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Unfortunately, because sleep is such and integral part of a healthy body and proper physical and mental functioning, it can lead to many consequences.

 

Snoring

A person asleep in bed next to their glasses. Common sleep issues for seniors include sleep apnea and snoring

One of the most common causes of sleep disruption among senior citizens, and among adults in general is snoring. Snoring is generally associated with people who are overweight, but can occur in anyone. It is caused by soft tissue in the upper airway vibrating as you breath.

 

While snoring can occur on its own, it is sometimes a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea which is associated with high blood pressure and other issues.

 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea can be caused by a number of different things including, being overweight, having a large overbite, having a large neck, smoking, alcohol use, and more.

 

While chronic snoring is one of the symptoms associated with the disease there are many other symptoms including disturbed sleep, excessive sleepiness during the day, high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, depression, stroke, and more.

 

While there are medical treatment options for treating sleep apnea, there are also a few simple lifestyle changes that you can make. For example, losing weight, avoiding alcohol, and quitting smoking will not only improve sleep apnea symptoms, they will also improve overall health and well-being.

 

Restless Legs Syndrome

A woman in bed. Common sleep issues for seniors include sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Restless legs syndrome, also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a problem that causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and a constant, irresistible urge to move them.

 

These symptoms will generally occur in the late afternoon or evening hours and are most severe at night when a person is lying down or sitting. This obviously can impede a person’s ability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

 

It is estimated that up to 10 percent of the population in the U.S. has restless leg syndrome. While the issue may begin at any age, it more severely affects middle-aged people and older, the symptoms tend to be more frequent and last longer with age.

 

Sundowning

Sundowning is a sleep disorder that solely affects older individuals as it occurs in people who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The term refers to a state of confusion that takes place in the late afternoon and extends into the night.

 

The exact cause for the behavior is still unknown according to the Mayo Clinic.

 

Sundowning causes a number of different behaviors including confusion, anxiety, aggression, and more. It can also lead to pacing and wandering.

 

Sundowning isn’t technically a disease but rather a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of the day that can affect some people who deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Tips For Sleeping

A cat asleep on the couch. One common sleep issues for seniors is sleep apnea

As you can see, there are a number of problems and issues that can interfere with a senior getting a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help promote quality sleep and help improve your situation.

 

Following a few of these tips may prove to help some seniors who are dealing with problems sleeping:

 

Create A Sleep Schedule

One of the best ways to improve your sleep cycle and keep your circadian rhythm in check is to create a sleep schedule and stick to it. Going to bed around the same time each night and getting up at around the same time every morning can help ingrain these times in your brain and teach your body how and when to sleep.

 

Avoid Naps

A bed. Common sleep issues for seniors include sleep apnea.

One major causes of sleep impediments in older adults is napping. Napping, especially late-day naps can cause seniors to sleep less effectively during the night and may inhibit their ability to fall asleep. To offset this try to nap only during the early day or avoid them entirely.

 

Develop A Routine

There are a number of relaxing activities that you can do before bed that can help induce sleep. For instance, reading a book or taking a nice bath can help put you in a more peaceful state and help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

Avoid Screens

An old school television. Sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome are common sleep issues for seniors

Making an active effort to avoid technological stimulation from cell phones, computers, televisions, and more will help the brain avoid over activity. The light from these devices may lead to difficulty falling asleep.

 

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is a substance that can be problematic for your health. Not only can it lead to direct physical health problems, it can also impede sleep. While it may make it easier to fall asleep, it can have a major impact on sleep quality and the ability to stay asleep.

 

Stay Clear Of Caffeine

A coca cola bottle. Common sleep issues for seniors include not being able to sleep from too much caffeine.

Everyone knows that caffeine can keep you awake. Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, soda, and certain candies. If you can work to avoid these, you may be able to see a huge improvement in sleep quality.

 

Next Steps

Obviously, there are a number of problems that can get in the way of someone getting a good night’s sleep which can, in turn, lead to many physical and mental health consequences. Luckily, there are a few lifestyle changes that you can make to promote healthy sleep. If you or a loved one is struggling with getting enough sleep, it may be a good idea to look into outside options, such as an assisted living facility that can help.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in Hobbs that is dedicated to making sure our residents are safe and cared for. One of our feature care services is our memory care unit that can help dementia patients. If you would like to learn more about Landmark Senior Living and the services and facilities that we have to offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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Topics: Senior Health

Top 5 Dangerous Illnesses For Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Health is something that can deteriorate as we age, and as we age we are more susceptible to dangerous illnesses for seniors. In fact, many of the problems that seniors suffer from are not issues that they had to worry about at a younger age.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the top five health-related problems that lead to death for seniors included: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Heart Disease

A bowl of fruit in the shape of a heart. One of the most dangerous illnesses for seniors is heart disease.

The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. Unfortunately, changes that happen with age can increase a person’s risk of dealing with some sort of heart disease. A major cause of heart disease is the buildup of fatty deposits in the walls of arteries over many years.

 

There are a number of common types of heart disease including obstructive coronary artery disease, non-obstructive coronary artery disease, and coronary micro-vascular disease.

 

Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

This type of heart disease occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the large arteries causing them to gradually narrow and reduce the supply of oxygen-rich blood into the heart. Obstructive coronary artery disease means that arteries in the heart are more than 50 percent blocked and eventually these can become completely blocked.

 

Non-obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

Non-obstructive coronary artery disease large arteries in the heart are narrowed but not as much in obstructive disease. This condition may be caused by a number of reasons including injury to the lining of the large arteries which can affect the arteries’ ability to expand and allow normal blood flow.

 

Coronary Micro-vascular Disease

This type of disease affects the smaller arteries in the heart can occur along with other forms of heart disease. It generally occurs when molecular changes prevent the normal flow of blood through these arteries.

 

Despite all of these problems that can occur, there are ways that a person can lower, delay, or possibly avoid these risks altogether.

 

A few simple lifestyle changes you can make would be to exercise more, eat a healthy diet, and quit smoking if you are a smoker. These changes will not only affect your likelihood of running into cardiovascular problems, but can also reduce your chances of dealing with cancer.

 

Cancer

A stethoscope used by doctors. One of the most dangerous illnesses for seniors is cancer.

Cancer is something that is not exclusive to older adults, but rather a problem that can affect anyone at any age. However, older individuals are disproportionately affected by the disease.

 

According to the CDC report, among the top ten causes for death among seniors, cancer was a factor in over 20 percent of them.

 

Cancer is a condition that begins in your cells. Normally the way your body works is it forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that have died. Sometimes, this process can go wrong and new cells may begin to grow when you don’t need them. This can cause a tumor that invades other cells.

 

Cancer can be caused by a number of different things including alcohol and tobacco. If you or a loved one uses these substances, quitting them can be one of the most effective ways to reduce your chances of cancer.

 

Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

A mold of the lungs. Lungs can be affected by dangerous illnesses for seniors

Chronic respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the airways and other parts of the lungs. It is one of the most deadly diseases that can affect seniors.

 

Asthma

Currently more than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. It is a respiratory disease leads to inflammation and narrowing of the airways in the lungs. These problems cause repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness. Symptoms associated with asthma can range from mild to severe and can happen rarely or every day.

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of the most common forms of these types of diseases and one that affects seniors most often. It is a chronic and progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. For those affected by COPD, less air flows in and out of the airways in the lungs. It is likely caused by irritants, such as cigarettes, that damage the lungs.

 

Stroke

A mold of the brain. Dangerous illnesses for seniors that can occur are strokes.

Strokes are similar to heart attacks in that they are both serious. They are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among senior citizens who are at higher risk.

 

Strokes occur when there is a change in the blood flow through the brain. Blood works by bringing oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body, including the brain. If blood can’t flow to part of the brain, cells will not receive enough oxygen and will die. While some of these blood cells can get better, others can’t be brought back to life and someone who suffers from a stroke can death with problems thinking, speaking, or walking.

 

There are two major types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic.

 

Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke is the more common form of the two major types. This condition is caused by a blood clot or the narrowing of an artery that leads to the brain. This impedes the blood's ability to flow to certain parts of the brain that need oxygen.

 

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a broken blood vessel causes bleeding in the brain. The break will not allow oxygen and other nutrients to reach the brain.

 

There are some steps that you can take to lower your risk of stroke. Again, doing things like quitting smoking and eating a healthier diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats can help to lower your risk of stroke.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

A mold of the brain and an axon. One of the most dangerous illnesses for seniors is alzheimers disease

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are some of the most well-known diseases that affect seniors. Unfortunately, despite how infamous these problems are, there is not a lot known about them and there is currently no cure.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that leads to issues with memory, thinking, and behavior. Because Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative and progressive disease, symptoms will usually develop slowly and get worse over time.

 

Alzheimer’s is caused by a buildup of plaque deposits in between nerve cells in the brain.

 

Some of the common symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease include difficulty remembering new things, mood and behavioral changes, confusion about time and events, difficulty speaking, and more.

 

Alzheimer’s disease, along with many of these other problems can make it difficult for your loved one to life independently as it may be unsafe.

 

Next Steps

If your loved one is dealing with problems with day-to-day life, it may be best to look for a caregiver or an assisted living facility in Hobbs that can help. Landmark Senior Living is one organization dedicated to providing your loved one with the care and support that they need at this stage in their lives. You can learn more about Landmark Senior Living by visiting our website and reaching out to schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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Topics: Senior Health

Alcohol Use Disorders In Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 13, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Alcohol use disorders are somewhat common among adults and older adults. According to Experimental Gerontology, alcohol use disorders affect one to three percent of elderly subjects. Moreover, seniors who aren’t necessarily alcoholics can still deal with alcohol-related issues. In fact, just because someone doesn’t have a alcohol use disorder doesn’t meant hey struggle with alcohol in some way or another. According to the New York Times, ten percent of seniors binge drink.

 

Unfortunately, alcohol use is can cause a lot of physical and mental health problems as they affect several organs and other parts of the body. These issues can be even more problematic for older adults as the immune system weakens. Learning more about the signs of alcoholism and the effects of alcohol use disorder will help you identify the problems if they begin to pop up in yourself or a loved one.

 

Alcoholism and Seniors

Two older women sitting outside and drinking wine. Alcohol use in seniors is on the rise

While illicit drug use generally is something that declines as adults move through young adulthood and into a later age. Meanwhile, alcohol use is much more common among older adults. While many seniors continue to drink throughout their lives, the issue only devolves into alcohol use disorder and alcoholism in a few cases.

 

To be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, a person would have to qualify for the problem in a few ways. For example, answering “yes” to some of the following questions may be a sign that you have some sort of alcohol use disorder:

 

  • Have you had times in which you ended up drinking more or longer than intended?
  • Have you more than once tried to cut down or stop drinking but couldn’t?
  • Have you experienced a craving or strong urge to drink?
  • Have you spent a lot of time drinking?

 

If you would like to see a full list of questions to help determine if you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol, you can find it on the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website.

 

Health Effects For Seniors

A stethescope used by doctors. Many doctors are noticing alcohol use on the rise in seniors.

Alcohol is something that affects seniors differently than younger people. Older people can be more susceptible to the effects of alcohol use and are more likely to deal with accidents associated with alcohol use such as falls or fractures and car crashes. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can prove to be dangerous and even life-threatening in certain situations for seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, alcohol is a factor in 30 percent of suicides, 40 percent of crashes, 50 percent of drownings, and 60 percent of falls.

 

Falls are one of the most harmful problems that seniors face, and one of the most preventable. Each year, three million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Likewise, there are hundreds of thousands of older people hospitalized for hip fractures.

 

Along with these issues that happen externally, there are a number of internal health problems that affect a number of different organs. For example, heavy drinking can lead to several problems that can affect the heart, an already vulnerable organ for older adults.

 

Heavy alcohol use is associated with the following:

 

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Memory issues
  • Mood disorders and more

 

Alcohol is a substance that affects nearly every organ and function in the body. It is also a known carcinogen.

 

Alcohol and Medication

Along with these issues that you may deal with from drinking alcohol alone, the use of alcohol along with medication can lead to a number of problematic side effects. Alcohol is known to interact badly with a few types of medication including aspirin, acetaminophen, cold medicine, cough syrup, sleeping pills, opioids, and more.

 

Mixing alcohol and some of these medications can cause sleepiness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, and more. These problems can contribute to a number of different health risks include falls, fractures, unsafe driving, and more.

 

What To Do About Alcohol Use

A glass of alcohol with a red straw in it. Alcohol use is on the rise in seniors.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, it doesn’t matter how old you are there is always time to get help, it may just end up saving your life. Drug and alcohol treatment facilities are always an option to help patients who may be suffering from some type of alcohol use or substance use disorder.

 

For an alcohol use disorder, a treatment center would likely have you or a loved one go through a detoxification program and several behavioral therapy treatments to help a patient overcome their respective disorder. Family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group counseling, and more are all common in treatment centers. These types of behavioral therapy will help patients by educating them on the details of addiction and what exactly it is doing to their bodies. It will also teach them strategies and methods to avoid triggers to use when they experience an urge or craving.

 

There are a variety of treatment centers available across the nation to help patients overcome whatever type of substance abuse issue that they may be dealing with.

 

Now What?

Obviously, alcohol use disorders can lead to a number of different health issues and, if not dealt with properly, they can lead to life-threatening problems. Alcohol is a substance that affects nearly every organ in the body and if you or your loved one does not seek help, it can cause major issues such as falls, car crashes, cancer, dementia, and more. Unfortunately, these problems can lead to issues severe enough that some older individuals may not be able to live independently. If this is the case, it may be best to seek out the help of an caregiver or an assisted living facility.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one type of assisted living facility in New Mexico that can help you or your loved one. Landmark has a dedicated staff that is committed to providing you and your loved one with the quality care that they deserve during this chapter of their life. If you would like to learn more please visit our website and you can schedule a free tour of one of our facilities today.

 

Learn More Here!

 

Topics: Senior Health

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Vision problems, such as age-related macular degeneration, are common issues that affect many older adults. Learning more about these type of vision issues can help you prevent them and identify them when they occur.

 


What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

A man sitting down and thinking, what is age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes a blur in your vision that can affect your central or “straight-ahead” vision that can get in the way of activities like reading or driving. The disease is painless but affects the macula or the part of the eye that lets you see fine detail.

 

The disease is a common eye condition and one of the leading causes of vision loss among people age 50 and older.

 

Age-related macular degeneration is something that, as the name suggests, takes place over a period of time and advances slowly. As the disease progresses there will be a blurred area near the center of vision in one or both eyes. The condition will not lead to complete blindness. However, the loss of central vision caused by the disease can interfere with some simple everyday activities.

 

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration: wet and dry.

 

The dry form of the condition is the most common, affecting 90 percent of people with the problem. It is caused when erosion thins the retina.

 

Causes

The vision loss associated with the disease is caused by damage to the macula, which is a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye that controls central vision.

 

There are a number of risk factors associated with age-related macular degeneration including smoking, race, and family history. Research has shown that smoking tobacco doubles the risk of dealing with age-related macular degeneration and the condition was most prevalent among Caucasians than other races. Moreover, people who have a family history of age-related macular degeneration are at a higher risk.

 

Obviously, you can negate some of these increased risk factors by avoiding smoking, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and more. Enriching your diet, by using green leafy vegetables like spinach, collard greens, and kale are good sources of eye-healthy nutrients are all good sources of eye-healthy nutrients.

 

What Is The Macula?

The macula is a portion of the eye that is located in the back of the eye. It is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that provides sharp, central vision and is the most sensitive part of the retina. When the macula is damaged it causes the center of your visual field to appear blurry, distorted, or dark.

 

Other Age-Related Vision Issues

A pair of glasses on a notebook and laptop. Many aging individuals might wonder, what is age related macular degeneration

Along with age-related macular degeneration, there are a long list of other age-related problems that can affect vision.

 

Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts that affect people are related to aging as they are very common in older individuals. In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts are caused by clumps of protein that cloud a small area of the lens in the eye. This cataract can grow larger and cloud the lens making it harder to see.

 

These clumps of protein can reduce the sharpness of an image and reduce the light that reaches the retina. Cataracts are a gradual problem in which vision gets worse over time. The cloudy area in the lens can get larger and seeing can become more and more difficult as vision gets duller and blurrier.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve in the eye and can cause vision loss and blindness. A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision. One way that glaucoma can cause optic nerve damage is due to eye pressure. There is a clear fluid that flows in and out of a space in the eye called the anterior chamber to help nourish nearby tissues. However, when someone has glaucoma, the fluid will leave the chamber and build up, causing pressure in the eye to rise and cause potential damage to the optic nerve leading to loss of vision. Glaucoma can develop in anyone, but one of the most at-risk groups is anyone over the age of 60.

 

Eye Floaters

Floaters or “cobwebs” are specks that float about in your field of vision. They are small and dark and can have spots and squiggly lines. They move as the eyes move and seem to avoid you if you try to look at them directly. Floaters are common and most people learn to ignore them, but they are usually not noticed until they become more numerous or prominent. Floaters will occur when a gel-like substance, called the vitreous, fills up 80 percent of the eye slowly shrinks. As this component shrinks, it becomes somewhat stringy and the strands can cast shadows on the retina, these are floaters. Floaters are more likely to develop as we age and are most common in people who are nearsighted, have diabetes, or have had a cataract operation.

 

There are many others, but these are just a few of the common age-related vision problems that can affect your or your loved one as you grow older.

 

Next Steps

Age-related macular degeneration is one of the many vision issues that can affect people as they age. Unfortunately, these vision problems can interfere with a person’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks and may even require the assistance of a caregiver or an assisted living facility. One new mexico senior living facility that can help is Landmark Senior Living. At Landmark, our dedicated staff is here to provide your loved one with the quality care that they deserve at this point in their life. If you would like to learn more about what Landmark can offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a free tour of one of our facilities.

 

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Senior Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

It is not uncommon for seniors to deal with sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and sleep deprivation. These are normal issues for older adults to deal with. Learning more about these types of problems will help you recognize the behavior in yourself or your loved one and get treatment if needed to improve your quality of life.

 

Sleep Deprivation

An older man sleeping on a bus. Senior sleep deprivation is common in older adults

Sleep deprivation is a condition in which an individual fails to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can be different for everyone as everyone’s sleep schedule and needs tend to be different. However, most average adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel rested and rejuvenated.

 

As we age, our sleep can become increasingly fragmented. While sleep deprivation may not be as much of an issue in older adults as it is in younger populations, it is something that still affects over 25 percent of older adults aged 65 and older. However, seniors tend to be more tolerant of the problem and complain of sleep problems less than younger adults.

 

Causes

There are a number of reasons that you or your loved one may be dealing with sleep deprivation. For example, personal obligations may restrict sleep time, medical issues can get in the way of a good night’s sleep, and for some people, the issue may just be voluntary. Sleep deprivation may also be caused by other underlying sleep disorders such as insomnia or restless leg syndrome.

 

Effects

One of the biggest symptoms and effects of sleep deprivation is excessive sleepiness during the daytime. Unfortunately, this can lead to some dangerous scenarios and can be safety hazards. For example, if a person is driving when they are dealing with this type of effect, it can lead to drowsy driving which can cause issues on its own with reaction time but the problem may even persist and someone may end up falling asleep at the wheel.

 

Other symptoms associated with sleep deprivation can affect mood and health causing issues like anxiety, depressive symptoms, lethargy, high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity, and more.

 

Age-Related Changes In Sleep

An older man sleeping in a chair. Senior sleep deprivation is common among older adults

As mentioned before, there are several changes that occur in the body as a result of aging, one is the way we sleep. There are significant changes that occur in sleep and the circadian rhythm as you age. For one, total sleep time decreases drastically in your lifetime. From a young age, you will generally get 10 to 14 hours of sleep a night, which will fall to 6.5 to 8.5 hours a night as a young adult, and then again slowly decreases to about 5 to 7 hours a night as an older adult.

 

Moreover, older adults generally spend less time in deep sleep then they did when they were younger. Beginning in your middle-age years, adults will normally spend less time in REM sleep, the deepest sleep, than they did when they were younger. This will only continue as you age and sleep efficiency will decrease.

 

Other Sleep Disorders

A man on a bench suffering from senior sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a condition but it can also be considered a symptom of other sleep disorders that are common among older adults.

 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder during sleeping that is caused by an obstruction in the upper airway. Symptoms associated with sleep apnea include snoring, daytime tiredness, decreased cognitive functioning, and more. There are a number of risk factors that can increase your chances of dealing with sleep apnea such as obesity, aging, family history, and more. Unfortunately, those who struggle with sleep apnea are more likely to deal with increased hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and increased mortality.

 

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a common issue among older adults. It is estimated to affect 10 to 35 percent of adults over the age of 65. It is characterized by an abnormal tingling sensation in the legs. The symptoms often occur before sleep as they are a result of restlessness and lack of movement.

 

Unfortunately, for people dealing with restless legs syndrome, it can often lead to other sleep issues including insomnia and sleep deprivation.

 

Insomnia

While sleep deprivation is an issue related to not getting your full eight hours of sleep, insomnia is a different beast. Insomnia can cause sleep deprivation but is generally considered to be more of a different problem that is associated with difficulty initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, or early-morning awakening with the inability to return to sleep. Insomnia is somewhat of a common problem among older adults. In fact, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 44 percent of older individuals experience one or more nighttime symptoms related to insomnia at least a few nights per week.

 

Snoring

Snoring is a primary cause of sleep disruption and can lead to issues such as insomnia. Snoring is something that affects a large number of people. In fact, about 90 million American adults deal with snoring. Snoring can lead to a number of different problems include daytimes tiredness, morning headaches, weight gain, and more. Luckily, there are some treatment options to help snorers overcome their issue, including lifestyle modifications, surgery, and more. If you are dealing with this problem you can try losing weight, sleep on your side rather than your back, avoid alcohol before bed, and more.

 

Whatever the specific issue may be, getting the proper amount of sleep is vitally important to your health and can actually interfere with your overall health and lead to many direct and indirect consequences that could end up being life-threatening.

 

Next Steps

If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep deprivation or another age-related sleep disorder, it may be a good idea to look into hiring a caregiver or an assisted living facility to help watch over them and keep them safe. Landmark Senior Living is one organization that is dedicated to providing quality care for all of our residents. Landmark can offer your loved one access to medical care when required and can help with things like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through our memory care program. If you would like to learn more about Landmark and what we can offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a free tour of one of our memory care facilities in New Mexico.

 

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How To Help Seniors Who Have Chronic Pain

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Chronic pain is a common issue in later life and is actually one of the most common conditions encountered by healthcare professions among older patients. Pain is associated with a number of different issues including reduced mobility, lack of activity, depression, falls, anxiety, isolation, and more.

 

Luckily, there are treatment methods and strategies available to help those dealing with these issues. There are therapeutic and medication options for those who are suffering from chronic pain. Along with things like cognitive-behavioral therapy, exercise programs exist to improve balance, flexibility, and more in those who have chronic pain.

 

Chronic pain is a serious problem that can lead to several consequences and can, at times, cause some older individuals to seek the help of a caregiver or assisted living facility to help them through day-to-day activities. Before learning more about these options, let’s take a look at what chronic pain actually is and ways in which you can manage it.

 

What Is Chronic Pain?

a pack of bandaids. Many individuals that are older can suffer from chronic pain

Chronic pain is somewhat hard to define but is typically thought of as pain that persists beyond the expected healing time. The pain may last for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause of the pain may be due to injury or infection. However, it can be hard to define at times because it may or may not be associated with an identifiable cause. However, some of the common causes of chronic pain include musculoskeletal disorders and treatments like diabetes, chemotherapy, and surgery. Pain is also something that is common in advanced stages of chronic diseases including congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.

 

Chronic pain is something that affects older adults at a disproportionate rate. In fact, one survey found that over 50 percent of older adults in the United States reported experiencing bothersome pain. Other risk factors besides age include being female, low socioeconomic status, obesity, tobacco use, history of injury, depression, anxiety, and more.

 

How To Manage Chronic Pain

A woman holding medication used to help manage chronic pain.

Chronic pain is not always curable, but treatments can help. Management of chronic pain later in life can be complex for a number of reasons. For instance, management can be an issue as chronic pain in older patients often comes with comorbidities, which can effectively limit treatment options.

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, has become a common treatment option available for those experiencing chronic pain. CBT is a widely researched psychotherapeutic method of treatment that focuses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT can be especially effective for treating depression and anxiety and improving the quality of life in some chronic pain patients. The therapy is used to enhance patients’ control over pain.

 

Medication

While medication can be used to manage certain pain problems, there are safety concerns about some of these medications as they can lead to harmful side effects and even addiction if not handled properly. One of the most common forms of medications is opioids. These medications while helpful in treating short-term chronic pain, often lead to issues with abuse. Strong opioids should not be given to patients who have never used opioids.

 

Exercise Interventions

One underutilized and often overlooked form of rehabilitation for those with chronic pain. The primary forms of exercise include training for balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength. Clinicians would identify what the patient requires and tailor an exercise program to help each patient specifically. One common form of chronic pain is arthritis, and there have been exercise programs in place to help with arthritis-related diseases and other chronic pain problems.

 

Other Treatment

There are other less common forms of treatment that are used to help with chronic pain. For instance, acupuncture is widely used to manage chronic pain but is considered controversial according to the JAMA Network. However, studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in improving pain outcomes.

 

Prevention

Exercising is a great way to help manage chronic pain

While there are ways that you can treat chronic pain, there are also preventative methods that you can take try to avoid the situation entirely.

 

One way to do that is to make sure that you are being active. While exercise can help treat the problem, it can also help prevent it. Getting regular physical exercise will help keep the muscles strong. Doing simple exercises and stretches even two days a week will do wonders for preventing these problems. If you are more into doing actual activities, you can always try a yoga class.

 

Along with getting exercise, another way to prevent chronic pain is to prevent injuries in the first place. To do this, you can focus on good posture and by lifting objects with your legs and not your back.

 

Despite the prevention and treatment strategies that you can utilize to help reduce symptoms, there are still persistent issues that can make it difficult for senior citizens to perform day-to-day tasks and live independently. If this is the case, it is sometimes best and safest to enlist the help of a caregiver or assisted living facility.

 

Next Steps

Chronic pain is a serious problem that affects millions of seniors in the United States. While the issue is widespread, there are prevention and treatment methods to help those who are suffering from the issue. Treatment methods like exercise, medication, and therapy can all help reduce symptoms related to chronic pain. However, sometimes this is not always enough. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, it may be best to find help in the form of an assisted living facility.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one community that is dedicated to providing your loved one with the quality care and time that they deserve and need during this chapter of their lives. Landmark has knowledgeable staff on-site to help patients with many health problems and chronic diseases. Landmark even has a memory care facility in New Mexico in place to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. If you are interested in learning more about what Landmark can offer, please visit our website where you can schedule a free walkthrough of one of our facilities.

 

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Essential Nutrients For Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients for seniors that the body needs in order to develop and function properly. Getting your daily recommendation of nutrients will help the body function as it is supposed to and help you stay healthy as you age.

 

The known vitamins include vitamin A, C, D, E, and K and the B vitamins. There are also several essential minerals for proper health including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, iron, zinc, iodine, and more. The best way to get these vitamins and minerals in an easy way is to eat an assortment of different foods. As different food groups have different nutrients.

 

While many may elect to get their vitamins from pills, it is usually better to get your nutrients from food. This is because nutrient-dense food contains other things that are good for your body, such as fiber.

 

Essential Vitamins For Seniors

A woman holding vitamins. There are essential nutrients for seniors to take as they age

Vitamins are essential for body growth and making sure it is functioning and working the way it should. They help resist infections, keep the nerves healthy, and help your body get energy. All vitamins are important, including:

 

Vitamin D

If you are 50 or older, it is good to get at least 15 micrograms of Vitamin D each day. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the stomach and helps with bone growth and bone remodeling from osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without enough vitamin D, bones can become thin and brittle. For older adults, vitamin D and calcium can help protect them from osteoporosis. Vitamin D can come from a number of sources including fatty fish, fish liver oils, fortified milk, and certain cereals.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in certain foods. Vitamin C is involved in a number of different functions in the body including the synthesis of collagen, upkeep for neurotransmitters, and is involved in protein metabolism. It is recommended that adults get at least 75 milligrams of vitamin C each day. Some of the most prominent sources of the vitamin include citrus fruits, tomatoes, and potatoes. It should be noted that there is some evidence that suggests that maintaining healthy vitamin C levels can be effective in protecting against age-related cognitive decline.

 

Vitamin B12

According to the National Institute on Aging, older individuals need about 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 each day. This can come from several different sources including meat, fish, milk, and some cereals. Vitamin B12 is important as it is required for proper red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis. Deficiency of the vitamin can lead to issues like fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, confusion, and more.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is involved in a number of different body functions and regulations including immune function, vision, and cellular communication. It is recommended that women get at least 700 micrograms of vitamin A a day while males get 900 micrograms of vitamin A each day. Vitamin A can be found in many different foods but has very high concentrations in liver and fish oils. Other prominent sources of vitamin A are milk, eggs, and more.

 

Minerals Important for Seniors

A water bottle. There are minerals and essential nutrients for seniors in water

Minerals are important for helping the body stay healthy and help with keeping the bones, muscles, heart, and brain working correctly.

 

Calcium

According to The National Institutes of Health, calcium is the most abundant mineral in the entire body. It is found in foods and added in other ways such as dietary supplements. Calcium is needed for vascular contraction, muscle function, and more. However, a majority of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports their structure and function.

 

Sodium

Sodium is a very important mineral for Americans’ diets. While sodium intake often comes from salt generally during the preparation process for foods. Sodium is an essential mineral as it aids in fluid balance, muscle contraction, and nervous system function. We all need sodium, however, too much sodium can lead to issues like high blood pressure, which can cause issues like a heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.

 

Iron

Iron provides a number of different functions in the body, it helps with growth, development, and functioning of cells, synthesis of some hormones, and provides oxygen to the muscles. While iron is most important during the developmental stages of life, it is still a requirement for older adults. It is recommended that seniors get at least eight milligrams of iron a day. The richest sources of vitamins include lean meat and seafood.

 

Potassium

Potassium is an essential nutrient and is required for normal cell function. It is recommended that women consume at least 2600 milligrams of potassium a day while males get at least 3400 milligrams a day. The nutrient is found in an abundance of different plants, animal foods, and beverages. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of potassium including soybeans potatoes, and more.

 

Next Steps

While getting all these essential nutrients for seniors will help you stay healthy, there are certain things that are unavoidable as we age. Aging can bring about a number of different problems including vision issues, hearing impairment, movement disability and more. These problems can worsen over time and even lead to other major health risks like falls, fractures, and more, all of which require hospitalization. Unfortunately, these issues can become severe enough to require the help of a caretaker or an assisted living facility in order to live a healthy day-to-day life.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in Hobbs that can help you or your loved one as they enter the next chapter of their life. Landmark has a number of care facilities all with dedicated staff who are committed to providing each and every one of our residents with the services that they require. Landmark offers a number of care services including memory care to help those who are dealing with issues related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If you are interested in what Landmark has to offer and would like to learn more about our facilities, please reach out to our website and schedule a complimentary walkthrough.

 

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How Cancer Affects Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Aug 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Aging can bring about a number of different issues related to health; one common problem that can be overlooked is cancer. Many don’t realize that cancer is a disease of old age. In fact, according to one study, about 60 percent of cancers occur in people aged 65 and older. Furthermore, 70 percent of cancer deaths occur in this age group as well.

 

While the disease can occur at any age, advancing age is the most important risk factor for cancer. Other risk factors include family history, health habits, environment, and health conditions. These risk factors can lead to gene mutations in the body that cause cells to become cancerous.

 

While there are treatment options for those dealing with cancer, such as medication and chemotherapy, there are also preventative methods that you can take to reduce your chances of dealing with the common types of cancer that older adults are affected by, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.

 

Cancer and Seniors

An elderly couple sitting together after receiving cancer treatment

Cancer refers to a large number of diseases that is caused by the abnormal development of cells that will divide uncontrollably. These changes, called mutations, can infiltrate and destroy body tissue and will often spread throughout the body. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world however, outlooks are improving due to improvements in cancer screening and treatment.

 

These types of gene mutations can do a number of things that can cause health issues and lead to cancer. For one, a gene mutation can lead to rapid growth in which a cell will grow and divide creating new cells that all have the same mutation. It can also fail to stop uncontrolled cell growth. Gene mutations will also make mistakes when repairing DNA errors leading to cells becoming cancerous.

 

Some of the common signs and symptoms associated with cancer include fatigue, weight changes, skin changes, difficulty swallowing, persistent discomfort after eating, unexplained bruising, and more.

 

Common Types of Cancer

Breast Cancer — Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer that affects older women. The chance of developing breast cancer may increase after the age of 60 but the likelihood of dying from it is low. According to Harvard Health, for older women with early breast cancer, treatment is likely to be relatively gentle. A small percentage of older women have cancers that spread beyond their breast and older women who do chemotherapy usually do very well.

 

Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer refers to cancer that affects the colon, rectum, and other parts of the large intestine. This type of cancer occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine, the problem is common in both men and women but the risk increases after the age of 50. Risk increases even more if you have a family history of the problem or eat a diet that is high in fat or smoke.

 

Lung Cancer — Lung cancer is primarily a disease of older populations. In fact, less than half a percent of lung cancer-related deaths occur at an age younger than 40 years with the highest incidence rates being in older people. The median diagnosis for lung cancer in the United States is 70 years old and almost 70 percent of patients are diagnosed after 65 years of age.

 

Prostate Cancer — After skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in American men is prostate cancer. The incidence of prostate cancer has steadily increased in elderly men over the last decade and estimates say that the number will only continue to rise. Prostate cancer affects one in six men and predominantly affects older men.

 

Cancer Prevention

A doctor who can diagnose cancer in individuals.

While there are treatment options to help those dealing with cancer, there are also several prevention methods to help avoid the problem entirely.

 

Alcohol — Alcohol is a known carcinogen and can cause DNA damage, chronic inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and other issues. Limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of cancer. Alcohol increases your risk of cancer because the body breaks it down into a chemical called acetaldehyde which damages the DNA and prevents the body from repairing the damage. When DNA is damaged, a cell can begin to grow out of control and create a cancer tumor.

 

Smoking — Smoking is one of the most common causes of cancer. In fact, smoking in general reduces life expectancy by about 10 years but quitting can lead to almost immediate benefits. One study found that quitting smoking even up to the age of 60 can significantly reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.

 

Sun Exposure — Avoiding excessive sun exposure and harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun can increase your risk of cancer. Limiting sun exposure by staying in the shade, protecting your , and applying sunscreen can all help you avoid UV rays.

 

Get Regular Cancer Screenings — It is best to talk with your doctor about what types of cancer screening exams are available and how they can best help you. It is important to take risk factors into consideration when learning about cancer screening.

 

Next Steps

Obviously, cancer is a serious problem that can lead to a number of different symptoms, most of which are dependent upon the type of cancer your loved one is affected by. Regardless of specific symptoms, most of them can make life difficult and even make it impossible for your loved one to live independently as they may be unable to perform day-to-day tasks. When this occurs, it is normally best to enlist the help of a caregiver or an assisted living facility.

 

Landmark Senior Living is one assisted living facility in Hobbs New Mexico that is dedicated to providing your loved one with the care and comfort that they deserve at this chapter in their lives. Landmark can also provide your loved one with a social activities to keep them happy and stimulated during their stay with us. If you are interested in learning more about Landmark and what we have to offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a time to visit one of our facilities.

 

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