Common Chronic Conditions and Aging at Home – Health screening in Singapore

Chronic diseases can have a profound impact on the health and quality of life of the elderly, not to mention the financial burden that is often associated with long-term illness.

A lot of the sickness, disability, and even death associated with chronic disease can be avoided through preventive measures. The possibility of the onset of chronic disease in later years can be lessened by:

  • Practicing a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular exercise and avoiding tobacco use
  • Regular use of early detection and testing such as breast, prostate and cervical cancer screenings, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, bone density scans, etc.

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Most common chronic conditions of the elderly

All too often, because there are so many chronic conditions that seem to afflict older persons, there is the mistaken perception that diabetes, arthritis and the like, are just “part of growing old” – and nothing can be done about them. The truth is most of these diseases and conditions are treatable and should be addressed by a physician. The most common chronic diseases afflicting the elderly are:

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney and bladder problems
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Lung disease
  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular disease

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If your parents are diagnosed with any of these or other illnesses, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself about how you can best help them.

Usually when an older person is diagnosed with a chronic condition, there is an immediate feeling of facing a loss of freedom and autonomy, a sense that his or her days of living independently at home are numbered. This fear may actually make your aging parents refuse to seek help.

Experts agree that one of the most practical ways an adult child can help parents facing a chronic illness is by providing information about available resources to enhance their independence and quality of life. All the major chronic conditions listed in this article have an associated foundation or association with information that can help your parent to live with his or her condition. Providing these resources is one of the most important gifts you can give to your aging parent. 

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Plan for a full body checkup in Singapore and check out the health screening packages tailored to your needs. Corporate health screening is also available for corporate needs.