Taking care of physical, cognitive, and mental health is necessary for healthy aging. Elderly people are at increased risk of developing several diseases. Diagnosing and treating these conditions is important to avoid complications and increase survival. It is also important to provide palliative care to patients suffering from serious diseases to improve their overall quality of life.
Geriatric care focuses on the health and well-being of older adults, addressing their unique medical, social, and emotional needs.
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for individuals facing serious illnesses by providing relief from symptoms, pain management, and addressing emotional and spiritual concerns.
Geriatric care offers specialized healthcare services designed to address age-related conditions such as memory loss, chronic diseases, mobility issues, medication management, and overall wellness promotion.
Common gastrointestinal diseases in this population include acid reflux (GERD), gastritis, ulcers, diverticulosis/diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation issues or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Treatment may involve dietary modifications recommended by a nutritionist/dietitian along with medications to manage symptoms or control inflammation depending on the specific condition diagnosed.
Older adults often experience urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinary incontinence or leakage due to weakened bladder muscles or other factors related to aging.
Management strategies may include lifestyle changes like fluid intake adjustments or pelvic floor exercises as well as medications prescribed by a healthcare professional specializing in urology/geriatrics.
Neurological disorders prevalent among seniors include dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease), Parkinson's disease, stroke-related complications/post-stroke rehabilitation needs or peripheral neuropathy.
Management focuses on a combination of medication, therapy (physical, occupational, speech), lifestyle modifications and support services to help patients maintain functionality and quality of life.
Palliative care can provide specialized support for older adults facing serious or terminal illnesses by managing pain/symptoms, improving comfort, addressing emotional/spiritual needs and providing guidance for decision-making regarding treatment options.
Contact our healthcare facility to inquire about available geriatric and palliative care programs/services or seek referrals from your primary care physician.
Some of the ways to improve the health of the elderly are:
Some symptoms that can be improved through palliative care are pain, difficulty breathing, trouble sleeping, constipation, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, anxiety or nervousness, anorexia, and depression or sadness.