Chronic Inflammation & How It Impacts the Health of Older Adults

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If you have no personal experience with chronic inflammation, you may not be aware of the many ways it could be affecting your senior loved one’s health. Your loved one may be experiencing some serious symptoms, many of which increase the risk of additional conditions. Here’s some information about a few possible effects of chronic inflammation. 

Increased Pain & Fatigue

Arthritis-related chronic inflammation can cause fatigue, fever, and moderate to severe pain. The affected joints can also become red and swollen, and your loved one may have flu-like symptoms such as malaise and general discomfort. Certain prescribed medications and regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of inflammation associated with arthritis. 

Chronic pain and fatigue can contribute to decreased mental and physical health in seniors. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elder care. You can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide an individualized care plan to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Greater Risk of Serious Diseases

Seniors with chronic inflammation are at higher risk for developing serious conditions like heart disease. Nearly half of those with heart disease have also been diagnosed with arthritis, and inflammation can also occur in the lungs and kidneys. Seniors who have inflammation in their hearts may experience fluid retention. Inflammation in either the heart or lungs can cause shortness of breath, and inflammation in the kidneys can lead to high blood pressure and kidney failure. 

Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Philadelphia, PA, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.

Reduced Mobility

Chronic inflammation of the joints can cause stiffness and decreased range of motion in the affected areas, leading to mobility issues that prevent your loved one from certain physical activities. Your loved one may need an aid, such as a walker or cane, if inflammation occurs in the legs, feet, or spine. Medications and physical therapy can help your loved one maintain his or her mobility. 

Less Socialization

The pain and swelling caused by chronic inflammation can reduce your loved one’s ability and desire to participate in the social activities he or she enjoys, which can have an impact on his or her mental and emotional wellbeing. Some seniors might not be able to join friends because of their discomfort, and others might develop depression as a result of persistent pain and reduced mobility. However, a doctor can prescribe treatment so your loved one can reduce the symptoms associated with chronic inflammation and live a fuller, healthier lifestyle. 

If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care. Philadelphia Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Call us at (215) 645-4663 to learn about our comprehensive in-home care plans.


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