The stereotype of the frail older person wasting away in a nursing home is being replaced by active, vibrant elderly adults that enjoy a high quality of life despite living with chronic conditions. Thanks to new discoveries in medical research, seniors and their family caregivers are learning more about how to avoid developing chronic conditions and slowing down the onset of many different kinds of illnesses and diseases that are common among the elderly.
The more educated that seniors and family caregivers are about preventing chronic conditions, the happier and healthier their lives become.
Common Chronic Conditions in the Elderly.
More than three-quarters of people over the age of 65 live with at least one chronic condition. Age is a big risk factor in developing illness and disease, along with genetics, gender, and family history. Lifestyle plays an important part in the likelihood of developing a chronic disease as well. Many conditions are simply a result of the body wearing down and operating less efficiently.
Among the most common chronic diseases afflicting the elderly are glaucoma, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. An aging body is also more likely to develop illnesses like pneumonia, food poisoning, influenza, Crohn’s disease, and food allergies, further complicating symptom management and recovery.
How to Prevent or Reduce the Symptoms of Chronic Conditions.
Modern research into health and wellness has uncovered the truth about how lifestyle can positively or negatively affect chronic conditions, even in the elderly. In fact, a lot of the symptoms associated with chronic conditions can be almost completely avoided through preventative practices. It doesn’t take much for seniors to make changes to their lifestyle, especially when they have the support of family, friends, home care aides and doctors.
So how can family caregivers and their elderly relatives reduce the possibility of the onset of certain chronic diseases? By developing healthy lifestyle habits like a nutritious diet, regular exercise, weight loss, and avoiding tobacco use. Seniors should also take advantage of any pre-screening or early detection opportunities at local clinics, their doctor’s office, senior centers, and elsewhere. It’s not difficult to arrange for things like breast cancer or prostate cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, bone density scans, and more. Early detection gives doctors the chance to start a treatment plan that minimizes the changes to their lifestyle as much as possible.
Resources for Seniors With Chronic Conditions.
Even with a diagnosis of a chronic condition, seniors can still enjoy a high quality of life with the help of their family caregiver. There are so many resources out there that allow elderly adults to maintain as much of their independence as possible. Instead of moving into a long-term care facility, many seniors hire home care agencies to provide them with assistants that come into the home and help. Community meal delivery services, public transportation for the elderly, senior citizen activity centers, and more are all part of the support network for aging adults with chronic conditions.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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