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Poverty Affects Elderly

How Poverty Affects the Elderly

Ageing is associated with several problems. However, poverty is one the most overlooked issues that deeply affects quality of life among seniors. A lot of elderly people find themselves without enough savings and unable to work, so they end up being affected by poverty in many ways.

Maintaining a Home Is More Difficult

Many seniors find it more comfortable to stay in their homes, but they can no longer repair damages or clean the house. Poverty-stricken seniors may not be able to hire help for these important actions. Seniors who want to age at home also often find themselves unable to pay for installing safety railings, ramps, nonskid surfaces, and voice operated lighting. Without enough money, many seniors end up in group homes instead of enjoying old age in a familiar setting. This outcome can only be prevented if the senior has a strong support system or access to charitable programs that help with house upkeep.

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care North Coast seniors can trust and rely on.

Staying Healthy Is Harder

Even though seniors can use Medicare benefits for doctor visits, medicines, and medical procedures, poverty can still impact their health. Without enough money, seniors often have to rely on cheap, high-calorie foods instead of purchasing fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. This can lead to obesity and other health issues. Poverty also prevents seniors from having access to personal trainers, gyms, and other ways of maintaining fitness in old age. It is possible to stay healthy even when poor, but seniors will need to plan their meals carefully and find alternative methods of exercising.

Emotional Health Can Decrease

Poverty could lead to a great deal of stress since seniors may have to face monetary problems. High stress levels can contribute toward many emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety. Since poverty has the potential to harm emotional health, seniors need to be more aware of their own mental state. Some seniors may feel better from mindfulness exercises like meditation, while others may benefit from talking to an emotional health expert.

Stress is one of the many factors that cause Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. If your ageing loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, consider hiring a professional caregiver. North Coast Alzheimer’s care professionals are available around the clock to help seniors manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Whether your loved one requires cognitive stimulation, transportation to medical appointments, or assistance with daily tasks, expertly trained Alzheimer’s caregivers are the ideal solution.

Friendships Are Harder to Maintain

Poverty can make it hard for seniors to participate in social activities because they cannot pay for entertainment and transportation. Since strong friendships are associated with higher mental and physical health, this side effect of poverty can greatly influence a senior’s quality of life. Though seniors often find it unpleasant to admit they cannot afford to go out to movies and dinners, they should still keep in touch with their friends. Check with local community organisations to find free socialising opportunities like book clubs or concerts.

For families living in North Coast, NSW, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their ageing loved ones need companionship and socialisation a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home. Whether your loved one needs hourly home care or 24-hour live-in care, call one of our professional Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527.

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