Geriatric Care in Pinellas County, FL
As we age, it becomes more important than ever to schedule regular appointments with a healthcare professional. A geriatric care physician can help you maintain the quality of your lifestyle.
Your doctor can create a physical examination regimen and wellness plan to fit your individual needs. The following is a brief overview of some of the areas of elder care that exist.
Coping with a Loss of Memory and Cognitive Function
Over time, our brains cells and the links between them begin to degenerate. If this process occurs too quickly, it can lead to a condition known as dementia. Dementia is a broad topic that can describe a number of ailments such as a diminished ability to think, remember things, or make decisions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’ disease .
Alzheimer's can begin as short-term memory loss, but can eventually lead to disorientation, trouble speaking, and an inability to concentrate. It may even bring about changes in your personality.
There are a number of tests your doctor may perform to help identify a change in the neural impulses within your brain. These can range from neuropsychological testing to imaging technologies such as an MRI or CT scan.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's or most other forms of dementia, but there are ways to slow down the degeneration of brain cells. Your doctor may advise you on a number of intellectually stimulating exercises that may include speech therapy programs and engaging in social interactions.
Eyesight and Hearing Loss
There are four main types of age-related vision impairments:
- Glaucoma: A peripheral loss of vision
- Macular degeneration: Center vision loss
- Diabetic retinopathy: Spotty vision
- Cataracts: Blurred vision
Any of these conditions can be a challenge to overcome, but with the help of a health care professional, none of them will keep you from doing the things you love. Your doctor may recommend assistive devices as well as changes that can be made within your home that will make it easier to perform everyday functions without the risk of falling or other injuries.
Nutrition and Exercise
As with any point in your life, proper nutrition and regular exercise are essential in your elder years. Diet plans include healthy eating suggestions and the correct balance of supplements to prevent conditions such as a loss of bone mass, hypertension, and constipation.
Fitness programs focus on building up your strength, endurance, and flexibility. In addition to building up your muscles and tissues, the right exercise routine can also improve a variety of conditions. Some of them include:
- Improving your immune system
- Lowering your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
- Preventing the loss of bone mass
- Encouraging digestive health
- Lowering the risk of dementia
Doctors are becoming increasingly aware of the role hormones play in aging. Some of the hormones that have an effect on aging include:
- Thyroid gland hormones
- Adrenal gland hormones
- Estrogen (in women)
- Progesterone (in women)
- Testosterone (in men)
Hormonal imbalance can lead to increased pain, stress, and even conditions such as fibromyalgia and memory loss .
If you're interested in learning more about aging and hormones, please call (813) 536-3212 or contact Dr. Christopher Van Benschoten online.
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Lutz, FL 33558
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