Geriatric Rehab

Covered By Three Areas

Normal Aging Process

The first area includes the normal aging process due to disuse and deconditioning. This can be very common with people as later years arrive. As we grow and begin to exercise less then we did as a child or a teen, we begin to move slower or not be able to do certain tasks as before. Our metabolism is lower as an adult or an elder, so we may also gain more weight as we get older. Our bones definitely will become more brittle & fragile which will change how we walk, sleep, and cope with day to day activities. A way to avoid certain problems, such as moving slower, would be to have an intake of 800 IU of Vitamin K a day to prevent falls (Morse).

Cardiovascular Problems

The second area deals with cardiovascular problems such as vascular disease and stroke.  When our bodies change and form into our older selves, we are more prone to having strokes or facing certain diseases.   While cardiovascular disease is a risk when getting older, a healthy diet as well as a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk in tremendous ways.  The conditions can be easily influenced by choosing to use the following recommendations provided by MedlinePlus: more fruits & vegetables, grains, healthier protein, limit calorie intake & walk at least 3 minutes a day.

Skeletal Problems

The third area involves more skeletal problems such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Knee and hip replacements become more common around the age of 50. However, they can last 15-20 years. Osteoporosis is the disease in which the bones in the human body become more fragile and a lot more likely to fracture. There are ways available to build healthier bones that will be to your advantage. Boosting your calcium consumption is an essential way to add another mineral to increase proper development. Potassium, Vitamin D, and making exercise a priority are other ways to accomplish stronger bones. A college study on bone density showed lower body weight had more bone density (Sponholz). Less caffeine will also will reduce the problem of interfering with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. If you are a smoker, quit! Your bones with thank you!

Works Cited

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