Oct 30, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona
As we get older, the changes our bodies make can put us in more vulnerable situations for injuries and illnesses. Many seniors have to manage multiple medications, need mobility assistance, have been hospitalized – the list goes on.
It turns out that the best way to “treat” these conditions is to actually prevent them from beginning in the first place. This is where preventative care comes into play. Here’s the scoop:
It is exactly as it sounds: care that helps to prevent serious illnesses or conditions before they even begin.
For example, when you go to the doctor for your annual check-up, they look for any signs or symptoms of conditions that may arise if you don’t act now to prevent them. A common example might be: “Given your symptoms, you are prediabetic; you have to change your diet and exercise more before it turns into diabetes.”
This is because stopping the problem in its tracks and lowering your risk of the disease/injury is actually more beneficial and effective than letting the illness develop and attempting to treat it. Why bother with that when it can often times be prevented altogether?
As we get older, our immune system becomes weaker, making us more susceptible to illnesses and injuries we wouldn’t have had to worry about before.
Additionally, polypharmacy – having to take multiple medications for multiple different illnesses/conditions – can be quite dangerous for seniors. Confusion and negativity towards taking that many pills leads to poor medication management, which will either leave the senior underdosed or overdosed. Both states can make the patient even sicker.
Therefore, preventing the needs for medications is the safest and smartest form of “treatment.”
This also applies for injuries. A common reason why seniors end up in the emergency room is from falling. Falling can lead to serious injuries, sometimes even fatal. Strength training and a healthy diet can reinforce your bones and mobility, thus decreasing your risk of falling.
Another factor most people don’t realize in all of this is that preventing diseases, the need for medications, and hospitalizations will actually save them money! Preventative care is good on both your health and your wallet.
Now that we know what preventative care is and why it’s especially important for seniors, here are the most common forms of it:
For more information on preventative care, talk to your physician.