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3 Health Concerns That Crop Up in Senior Years

As seniors age, new health issues and scares can sneak up and cause concern. Issues like high blood pressure and osteoarthritis have often built up over time but may have been ignored until they become more serious. Others, like osteoporosis, may not be discovered until the advanced stages. God doesn’t want us to suffer as we grow older but rather rejoice through all the days of our life. Naomi is reminded in Ruth 4:15 that “He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age," and in Isaiah 46:4, God says “I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you.”

When you live in one of our Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we want to help you live your very best life and enjoy all the amenities we offer. Our locations have trained professional healthcare staff on-site to help you watch over your own health and get necessary testing, diagnosis and treatment for any issues. Getting ahead of common senior health issues lets you enjoy life longer and fuller, so keep these common issues in mind and let us know if you have any concerns we can help you address.

1. Rising Blood Pressure Results

Studies have shown that blood pressure begins to creep upwards beginning in our 30s. That doesn’t mean you have to take high blood pressure as an inevitability. Instead, you can keep an inexpensive digital blood pressure cuff in your own apartment so you can stay on top of your readings. 

Always remember to take your medication as prescribed, engage in heart-healthy exercise as approved by your physician and enjoy a healthy balanced diet. We’ll do our part at Bethesda Senior Living Communities by offering frequent exercise programs and menus designed by trained dieticians.

2. Osteoporosis, Which Affects Both Women and Men

Although osteoporosis — thinning bone density — is far more prevalent in women than in men, both genders are affected. In fact, more than 8.9 million bone breaks that occur annually worldwide can be contributed to osteoporosis. 

You can take measures to protect yourself and prevent osteoporosis from robbing you of your mobility. First, undergo routine bone scans to test your density. You can work with your doctor to set a frequency schedule for these exams. Next, ensure you achieve adequate calcium and vitamin D levels through diet, supplementation and careful sun exposure. Finally, participate in both cardio and weight-bearing exercise, if approved by your doctor, to keep your body in shape.

3. Increasing Bladder Intolerance

As you grow older, you may have to seek out the bathroom far more often. You don’t have to simply accept bladder issues as an inevitability of age. An increased need to urinate should first be checked out with your doctor to eliminate deeper issues. Once you’ve addressed larger problems, you can work to retrain your body to ease your reliance on the bathroom. 

Seek help at the first sign of a urinary tract infection. Antibiotics can help you recover quickly. For some seniors, a low-level long-term antibiotic can ward off these pesky infections altogether. Next, perform Kegel exercises to retrain your pelvic muscles and present accidental leakage. Finally, limit the liquids you consume just before bedtime so you don't have to keep getting up.

Our assisted living communities are designed to offer you the most enjoyment possible. You’ve worked hard for decades, and now it’s time to immerse yourself in relaxation and fun, stimulating activities. We look forward to working with you to maintain your health and maximize your retirement living.