Conditions & Diseases


The purpose of this section is to explain the various changes that occur in the natural aging process and to provide some considerations on how to care for these changes.  As a person grows older certain physiological changes occur as a natural part of the aging process. These changes can impact the elder's health status and may signal the beginning of a disease state. Included in this section are considerations for care caterogized by topic and links for further information.

Click on a link below to jump to that section:

 

Skin1

Considerations

Bones, Joints & Muscles2

Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Heart & Circulation3

As we age it becomes more difficult to pump the blood in and out of our heart and the veins become more soft making it harder for blood to flow through the body.

Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Hormones4

The body contains glands that secrete chemical messages called hormones. With aging the body's ability to respond to hormones decreases. Which causes:


Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Issues With Eating5

With Aging


Considerations

Urinary Tract6

Changes that occur with age


Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Incontinence7

Inability to control urination resulting in uncontrolled urine loss especially common in women but occurs in men as well.  In most cases can be cured, but due to the nature of the condition people are often too embarrassed to talk about it.

Types of incontinence

Considerations:

For More Information

Vision8

Aging of the eye can lead to

Considerations

Diseases & Conditions

For More Information

Hearing9

With aging there is narrowing of the external auditory canal and/or possible obstruction of the Eustachian tubes leading to one or more symptoms including

Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For further information

Sensory, Motor & Nervous System Changes10

Sensory Changes

Motor Changes

Nervous Changes


Considerations

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Tips to Reduce the Risk of Falls11

For More Information

Sleep12

Aging causes

Considerations13

Conditions & Diseases

For More Information

Memory & Aging

Dementia14
General Information


Considerations

For More Information

Alzheimer's Disease15

Physiological changes
Has numerous neurofibrillary tangles and neuritic plaques (i.e. tangles & plaques) as well as amyloid deposition on the brain (cerbral cortex and hippocampus areas of the brain).

Other facts about Alzheimer’s Disease

Considerations

For More Information

Sources:

  1. WebMD, 2007. Urinary Control. Retrieved October, 2007 from www.webmd.com/hw/urinary_control/hw220495.asp?printing=true
  2. Lockhart, 2003. Virginia Tech University. Retrieved on February, 2006 from http://www.research.vt.edu/resmag/sc2003/whyfall.htm
  3. WebMD; http://www.webmd.com/content/article/8/1680_54233.htm

 



Caregiver Shortcuts

Assisted Living
Bones, Muscles & Joints
Board & Care Homes
Calcium
Caregiver Stress
Caregiver Stress & Burnout
Caregiver Support
Cholesterol
Choosing A Long Term Health Care Facility
Common Feelings Associated with Caregiving
Communication between Caregivers and Care Recipients
Communication in Caregiving
Communication when Complications Exist
Communication with Health Care Professionals
Condition and Disease
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Coping Mechanisms for Caregivers
Emotions & Caregiving
Emotions and the Caregiving Role
Excercise
Hearing
Heart & Circulation
Hormones
Hospice or End-of-Life Care
Housing & Hospice
Incontinence
Independent Senior Living Communities
Issues with Eating
Memory & Aging
Nutrition
Self Care
Sensory, Motor & Nervous System
Skilled Nursing Homes
Skin
Sleep
Staying in Your Home
Tips to Reduce the Risk of Falls
Urinary Tract
Vision
Ways to Cope with Emotional Responses to Caregiving