|With a little work, you can catch a break, even a tax break.|
Additionally, during the 10-year period, the percentage of adults aged 65 and over with both hypertension and diabetes increased from 9% to 15%; prevalence of hypertension and heart disease increased from 18% to 21%; and prevalence of hypertension and cancer increased from 8% to 11%. Seniors can’t seem to catch a break. (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db100.htm)
This CDC study showed that more and more seniors are facing multiple chronic conditions. The statistically significant increases found in this study not only impact seniors but caregivers as well, with more hospitalization, more expense, and frankly more work to maintain health.
What can be done about it? There are resources available to help seniors and caregivers get a break despite the statistics. Lifestyle changes are the first and foremost approach. Healthier eating, healthier habits including exercise, smoking cessation, and reduced alcohol consumption can all help on the health front. Finding ways to minimize the symptoms associated with these chronic conditions, such as incontinence, can also help sufferers feel a semblance of normalcy, and hope for the future.
It is not all bad news. In fact, with a little work, you can catch a break, even a tax break. It is possible to slow and reverse many of these chronic conditions simply by making some lifestyle changes. And, there are ways to reduce the cost of your healthcare needs with tax breaks, flexible spending and more.
Improve diet. Diet has a great impact on health, but unfortunately many seniors struggle to get fresh foods regularly, let alone the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Mobility difficulties, economic difficulties, depression, and simply not knowing how to meet changes to dietary needs has resulted in as many as 6 million malnourished seniors, who do not have the stamina to fight off chronic disease. Home delivered meals can help reduce the risk of malnourishment, ease the burden of caregivers, and provide seniors with a variety of choices that meet even restricted dietary needs such as gluten free, heart healthy, and renal friendly.
Get more exercise. Many seniors fail to maintain their physical exercise because of problems like bladder control, fear of injury, and more. To learn more about products, order samples, or find help, call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST to talk to one of our product specialists. This is an all-female team who have each been a caregiver to a loved one. Since this is their only business, they know incontinence products inside and out, and want to help you.
Find ways to save. Lastly, if the economic hardship of purchasing incontinence supplies, as well as other healthcare needs, has you down, take a look at some of our suggested ways to make supplies more affordable.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.