As adults get older, it becomes increasingly important to stay on top of essential health and wellness screenings. If you provide home care in New Hampshire for an aging parent or relative, be sure your loved one sees a physician regularly for the following screenings.
1. Blood Pressure
High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder and pump faster. This can lead to a number of issues including an enlarged and hardened left heart, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and other issues including cardiac arrest. While low blood pressure can cause dizziness, fainting, dehydration, lack of concentration, blurred vision, and other problems. Often, low blood pressure is indicative of other serious health issues such as dehydration, poor nutrition, and infection.
2. Colon Cancer
Although the occurrence of colon cancer increases as people age, colon cancer is curable if caught in the early stages. The symptoms are often nonspecific, but can include constipation, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness or shortness of breath. These symptoms are often easy to overlook or attribute to something else.
Not all cholesterol is bad. The right type of cholesterol at the right level is important for metabolism and basic functioning. However, bad cholesterol slowly builds up as plaque in arteries, slowing down or shutting off blood supply to parts of the heart. Too much bad cholesterol leads to heart disease, strokes, and death.
Many people with diabetes or hyperglycemia don’t show or recognize symptoms. If diabetes goes unchecked, it can lead to a number of catastrophic health conditions, including strokes, damage to and failure of the heart, kidney, nerves, and vascular system.
5. Mental Wellness
How aging affects mental wellbeing is often overlooked, but factors such as loneliness, depression, and a diminished mental acuity can contribute to poor mental health. It’s not uncommon for seniors to ignore or deny the issue, but there is some evidence that poor mental health weakens the immune system, decreases the appetite, and contributes to age-related aches and pains.
If your loved one needs help managing ongoing care or could use help getting to and from the doctor’s office, reach out to New Hampshire Home Care Assistance. Our live-in and hourly caregivers in New Hampshire can provide transportation, offer mobility support, run errands, and more. Schedule a free in-home consultation by calling (603) 471-3004 and speaking with a friendly Care Manager.