Creating Waves of Awareness
Normally all these seniors are advised to take preventive measures, which include multivitamins and antioxidants.
As homeopaths, what we can offer to senior citizens to prevent these ailments?
China Post | A survey of Taiwan's senior citizens reveals that 50% suffer from three conditions with hypertension at the top, and cataracts, heart disease, ulcers or gastric disease and arthritis or rheumatism, in that order.
I wonder if a survey in other countries would show a different set of chronic diseases in a different order of magnitude?
NInety percent of survey participants had one disease, while 70% had two or more and 51% had three chronic diseases. How can these issues be addressed? What causes these types of chronic diseases? If high blood pressure rates number one, the government should address stress reduction, life style, nutrition and diet.
Interestingly, cataracts were listed as most common along with hypertension. Not surprisingly, cataracts are related to high blood pressure. If the blood pressure was normalized, the cataracts would also be reduced. Does the survey tell us the medications people take to indicate a relational cause?
Types of cataracts include:
Did you know that women were more vulnerable to chronic diseases than males in Taiwan?
Among women, osteoporosis, arthritis or rheumatism, and heart diseases top the list.
Life style habits that may contribute to chronic disease:
The sponsors of the survey said monitoring blood pressure and sugar levels with regular check ups can help.
In the treatment of Geriatrics, Homoeopathic system has an edge over the conventional medicinal system. According to Dr Hahnemann, physician should clearly perceive what is to be cured in diseases; and to achieve this in Geriatrics, history and physical examination sometimes needs to be modified. Because a complete history may not be obtainable, elderly patients may present with many nonspecific symptoms making it difficult to undertake the case taking. Hearing or vision loss, common in the elderly, can also interfere with the case taking. Elderly patients may under-report symptoms (E.g.: dyspnea, hearing or vision loss, problems with memory, incontinence, gait disturbance, constipation, dizziness, falls), which they consider a part of normal aging. As a physician we may need to focus more on the physical examination to elicit objective symptoms. Elderly patients may have difficulty recalling all past illnesses, hospitalizations, operations, and drug use, have to obtain these data from family member, aide or medical records. Past medical history when reviewing the physician should ask the patient about diseases that used to be more common, past psychiatric care, including psychotherapy, institutionalization, and electroconvulsive therapy and the use of psychoactive drugs or antidepressants. Drug history & Nutrition history are also important.
Chronic illness impacts some seniors’ ability to live at home, which means they must be cared for in a nursing facility or long-term care. How many years can they be sustained adequately in such an institution?
This longer list of chronic illness comes from American Society of Consultant Pharmacists:
How does this compare to the top five chronic illnesses? Naturally, if you have lost your ability to function, can't see, have difficulty breathing, are unable to communicate with friends and family, and have lost mobility, any normal human being will become "depressed" which falls on the list near the bottom.
Well timed blog; in my opinion its part of Geriatrics; Yes all the points raised is so true. Articles of this level is required so that we all can learn spread its knowledge.
With my best wishes