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Elderly or Senior Recovery Center

Aging is a natural process that everyone experiences. For those fortunate enough to reach the age of sixty-five, congratulate yourself as you are officially a senior citizen!

As we grow older, both our body and mind show signs of wear and tear, meaning the elderly require special care, attention, and treatment. Though not necessarily in direct accordance with our chronological age, physical and mental deterioration come inevitably as we age.

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Physical signs of old age

Creaking joints are a common physical sign of old age as ligaments in knee and elbow joints thin due to constant use. People of more advanced age may suffer a loss of height due to thinning and shrinkage of bones. Hypertension, arthritis and heart disease also come with aging.

As we age we produce less saliva resulting in tooth decay and other dental problems. Our digestive system will eventually perform poorly resulting in the inability to absorb nutrients and constipation. Impaired eyesight and hearing loss are also expected to be experienced by people advancing in years.

Other more pronounced physical symptoms of old age include slow gait as well as vulnerability to falls and the general slowing of physical movements. It has been observed that globally, geriatric care requires the biggest national and individual expenditure in terms of medical care.

Mental signs of aging

Two of the most common types of mental signs in seniors are depression and dementia.

Depression

Depression is a common problem both in seniors and the younger population. But it is not an inevitable part of aging. It affects more than six million senior Americans, and unfortunately, not all sufferers get treated because the symptoms of depression in the elderly can be confused with other illnesses and the side effects of medicines. Depression in older people can result in cardiac disease. It is usually marked by a feeling helplessness and hopelessness. Loss of interest in or enjoyment of activities that are previously desired by the person is another of its symptoms. Fortunately, depression can be overcome by:

  • Talking to other people and engaging in worthwhile activities with them.
  • Engaging in mild exercise or at least constant body movement. It doesn’t even have to be a formal session.  You can use the stairs, walk to your grocery store, do light housework.
  • Getting enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day and avoid caffeine and alcohol.  Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool.
  • Learning new skills or hobbies. Being new to a hobby or art will make your brain busy.  It will take away the mental weight brought by depression.
  • Avoiding alcohol. It suppresses the depressed feelings but only for a short period of time.  It also deprives you of the deep sleep you need to rest.
  • Taking mood boosting omega 3 fats. Ask your doctor for the right food rich in the prescribed fats.

All these and so much more are being offered in Chiron’s elderly care programs, giving life and happiness to seniors.

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Understanding depression in seniors

As we age, we experience changes in our lifestyle whether they are a loss of independence, mobility, career, health, or a loved one and it is normal to grieve over these losses. Grieving for such losses, even for an extended period of time, is considered normal for as long as it is not permanent and uninterrupted. There must be a certain interval in the feeling of sadness punctuated by a burst of happiness and pleasure. If the feeling of hopelessness and despair is continuous and constant, depression has set in and it should be treated immediately.

Dementia and its risks

Dementia is another syndrome that mainly affects older people, though again, it is not a predestined part of aging. In other words, not all seniors suffer from dementia as it is defined as the deterioration of memory, thinking behavior, and the ability to perform day to day activities. A good number of people, estimated at 47.5 million worldwide are said to suffer from dementia and their numbers are expected to increase in the future surpassing 75 million in 2030. Memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease are the common types of dementia which are progressive, meaning symptoms start slowly and gradually worsen.

Dementia is caused by damage to the brain wherein cells cannot communicate with each other and as the cells fail to coordinate well thinking, hence memory, feelings, and behavior are adversely affected.

As the brain is fed with oxygen by a complex network of blood vessels, any damage it suffers will affect the supply and run the risk of cardiovascular disease. Regular exercise may lower the risk of some types of dementia. Healthy diets low on red meat and rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains are recommended to combat the risks posed by the symptom. Heart-healthy activities or behavior such as regular exercise and proper diet are essential for the treatment of dementia.

How we can help

At Chiron, we offer top of the line diagnostic service that can help you determine the causes of depression and dementia. Our experienced medical professionals will prescribe the most effective medicines and activities that will aid you in your fight against these mental symptoms and disorders. We are committed to giving you the medical care you need with state of the art techniques and facilities. Long-term therapy can be specified when necessary and in-patient accommodation or out-patient care can be availed of. Your overall health and happiness are our business.


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