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Lasting Health: How to Spot the Warning Signs of Major Health Issues


Our bodies change as we age, and it can be difficult to tell what is normal and what may be a sign of a more serious health problem. It is critical to pay attention to changes in our bodies and seek medical assistance if any warning symptoms appear. Here are some of the most prominent warning signals of serious health problems among seniors:

Shortness of Breath or Chest Pain

Chest pain or shortness of breath should be addressed by a healthcare professional immediately as it could be an acute problem like a heart attack, or a symptom of heart disease or pulmonary ailments. Even if you only feel mild discomfort, you should seek medical assistance right away.

Unexpected Weight or Appetite Changes

Sudden weight loss or an increase, or loss of appetite, can be a sign of a variety of health concerns, such as cancer, depression, or thyroid difficulties. Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Alterations in Bowel or Bladder Habits

Many seniors experience mild incontinence as they age, but changes in bowel or bladder habits may also signal a health problem such as colon cancer or urinary tract infections. Consult your doctor if you notice any changes in your bowel or bladder habits.

Unexplained Exhaustion

Feeling tired all of the time, even after getting plenty of rest, can be a sign of a variety of health concerns including anemia, thyroid disorders, or sleep apnea. A doctor can help pinpoint the problem and find a treatment that will make you feel more like yourself.

Mood Swings

One of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are frequent mood swings. It may also be a sign of depression or anxiety. If you find yourself getting irritable often, it may be time to ask your doctor about it.

Memory Lapses

Forgetting things is a normal part of aging, but excessive memory loss could be an indication of Alzheimer's disease or another kind of dementia. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about your memory.

It is critical to be aware of changes in your body and get medical assistance if you observe any warning symptoms. Your doctor can work with you to discover the underlying reason and build an appropriate treatment strategy. You can have long-term health and well-being in your senior years if you are diligent in taking care of yourself and seek medical help when necessary. At Ebenezer Senior Living we offer our residents the highest level of care to enable them to live in the highest level of comfort and independence. For more like this, visit our blog, or contact us today for more information.

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