Our health changes as we age and certain conditions can become more prevalent as we get older. If you provide home care in Douglas County for an elderly parent, specifically your father or grandfather, you’ll want to be familiar with the following health concerns common in men over 65.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men age 65 and older. Chest pain and shortness of breath are symptoms that should never be ignored. Becoming easily fatigued and swelling in the feet or ankles are also signs of heart disease.
Since one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s a concern for all men–especially those over 65. Difficulty urinating, urinating more often, and weakness or numbness in the legs can all be symptoms of prostate problems.
Men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women. Yet depression in men, especially older men, may be difficult to diagnose. It can be easy to confuse the early signs of dementia with depression. Fatigue, problems with sleep, and difficulty concentrating can all be symptoms of aging and therefore can be overlooked when diagnosing depression.
While erectile dysfunction in younger men is often the result of psychological issues such as depression or stress, the cause is more often physical for older men as the blood flow in the vessels can become blocked. This is sometimes a symptom of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Alzheimer’s affects primarily older adults, and early symptoms include confusion about familiar places, poor judgment, and personality changes. Symptoms during the later stages may include the inability to recognize family or communicate effectively.
At Home Care Assistance, we understand that one of the best ways to prevent a wide array of diseases is through simple preventative measures like a healthy diet and exercise. If your aging father or grandfather could use a hand grocery shopping, preparing nutritious meals, or needs mobility support during exercise, reach out to Home Care Assistance at 720-580-5378. Our live-in or part-time hourly care in Douglas County can provide your loved one with the support he needs when he needs it. We look forward to hearing from you.