The golden years are meant for relaxing, enjoying, and reliving memories, and they are also a time for seniors to look after their health and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Though there are many ailments that can affect the elderly, it is also important to learn about some of the rare conditions that may be linked to aging. This way, you’ll know when to call in professional medical assistance for your senior loved one. Anchorage home care experts have prepared a brief insight into 4 rare medical conditions you and your loved one should be aware of.
1. Pancreatic Gastrinoma
A gastrinoma is a small tumor that develops in the digestive system. These tumors often produce painful symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, and bloody stool. Most doctors believe these tumors may be the result of lifestyle and habits such as heavy drinking, smoking, and an overall unhealthy diet. When it is diagnosed early, a gastrinoma can almost always be surgically removed. Seniors who experience any changes in their eating or bowel habits for more than a few days should immediately schedule an appointment with a doctor.
2. Adult-Onset Still’s Disease
While many seniors develop arthritis, adult-onset Still’s disease only affects around one in every 100,000 adults. This particular type of arthritis is characterized by high and persistent fever. Seniors should immediately consult their physicians if their core temperature exceeds 100.4° F or they have a fever for more than 36 hours.
3. Corticobasal Degeneration
Corticobasal degeneration is a very rare form of dementia that produces a variety of unique symptoms, such as losing control over a single limb. In its earliest stages, seniors generally experience dementia-related symptoms, such as difficulty recognizing the faces of their loved ones. Like many other forms of dementia, seniors who regularly exercise and challenge their brains can reduce their risk of corticobasal degeneration.
4. Renal Hypertension
General hypertension is relatively common among seniors. However, this condition can typically be cured by making a number of lifestyle changes. Renal hypertension, on the other hand, is the result of narrow veins leading in and out of the kidneys. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the risk of renal hypertension.
If your loved one is experiencing any unusual symptoms, make sure to consult a doctor as early as possible. Families looking for reliable caregivers for their seniors loved ones should get in touch with Home Care Assistance. Whether it’s hourly or 24-hour care, Anchorage residents rely on us for their at-home care needs. To schedule a free consultation or to learn more about how we can help, get in touch with of our qualified Care Managers today at (907) 770-0907.