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Most Common Struggles in Elderly People’s Lives

September 14, 2021 7:04 am

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Getting old comes with many problems, and basic abilities, that most young people take for granted, are now some of the most difficult things to do. It can be hard accepting help, but elderly people need it even if they don’t ask or accept it. If you are a neighbour or loved ones, there are a number of things you could do to make an elderly person’s life just a little easier. For example, you could take their bins out, do their shopping or buy them Mobility Aids from the Ability Superstore to help them be more independent. To give you an idea of what elderly people commonly need help with, read on to find out the most common struggles in elderly people’s lives.

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The first most common struggle is dementia. This debilitating cognitive health condition can make life in general extremely exhausting, and difficult to deal with. It can be very scary for the sufferer as they forget even the most basic things like where their house is, who they are and who their children are. It is also very sad for loved ones to witness such a deterioration of memory.

The next most common problem for elderly people is malnutrition. This can also be caused by dementia as they forget if they have eaten or not. Moreover, lack of mobility can make it very hard for them to go shopping or cook. Loss of appetite can be caused by illness, medication, depression, and lack of physical activity which are all common for elderly people.

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Lastly, falls may occur more and more often as a person gets older and less mobile, and their bones get weaker. It can be hard living alone when disabled which can make falls even more likely. This is why having a carer or at least some mobility aids are crucial to prevent serious trips and bone breaks.

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