There are many health issues men need to watch for as they move into their senior years. Some symptoms may be easier to spot at an early stage, but other illnesses may develop with fewer obvious symptoms. Because your senior loved one needs to be aware of any factors that may affect his health, the aged care experts at North Coast Home Care Assistance have put together this list of 5 health concerns all senior men should be on the lookout for.
1. Cardiovascular Disease
This hardening of the arteries, caused by problems such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, and smoking, is the biggest threat to men’s health. High amounts of cholesterol slowly block the vessels to the heart and brain, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, your loved one should increase physical activity, eat more fruits and vegetables and less trans fats, and, if applicable, quit smoking.
Many men develop arthritis after the age of 65, which can be caused by genetics, obesity, and previous joint injury. The inflammation of the joints can be painful and result in decreased daily activity. Your loved one may be able to reduce the risk of arthritis by exercising more frequently, eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and taking good care of any joint injuries.
3. Lung Cancer
Smoking is responsible for causing as many as 90 percent of all lung cancers, which kills more men than any other kind of cancer. Other factors, such as genetics or exposure to asbestos filters, may also have an impact on lung cancer development. Though other factors such as genetics can come into play, the best way for your loved one to prevent lung cancer is quit smoking or never start.
Extra weight on the body creates conditions that often lead to diabetes, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, though a senior man with this metabolic disease may not even be aware of it for years. Exercising regularly and losing weight may be all your loved one needs to slow the development of diabetes and possibly stop it altogether.
5. Prostate Cancer
The exact causes of prostate cancer are unknown, but changes in prostate cell DNA may be a major factor. Other risk factors include obesity, diet, race, and age. Eating more plant fat and less animal fat, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular exercise can all help your loved one prevent prostate cancer from developing.
Your loved one deserves to stay healthy for as long as possible. To help prevent illnesses, your loved one may need a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and hourly care in North Coast, and all of our caregivers are trained in the Balanced Care Method, a revolutionary program focused on excellent physical health, mental awareness, and inner calm. For more information on our aged care services, call (02) 6646 3527 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Care Managers and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.