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How Does Chronic Inflammation Affect a Senior’s Health?

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

If you have no personal experience with chronic inflammation, you may not be aware of the many ways it could be affecting your senior loved one’s health. He or she may be experiencing some serious symptoms, many of which increase the risk of additional conditions. Professionals providing in-home care in Henderson want to share some information about a few possible effects of chronic inflammation.

Increased Pain and Fatigue

Arthritis-related chronic inflammation can cause fatigue, fever, and moderate to severe pain. The affected joints can also become red and swollen, and your loved one may have flu-like symptoms such as malaise and general discomfort. Certain prescribed medications and regular exercise can help reduce the symptoms of inflammation associated with arthritis.

Greater Risk of Serious Diseases

Seniors with chronic inflammation are at a higher risk of developing serious conditions like heart disease. Nearly half of those with heart disease have also been diagnosed with arthritis, and inflammation can also occur in the lungs and kidneys. Seniors who have inflammation in the heart may experience fluid retention, inflammation in either the heart or lungs can cause shortness of breath, and inflammation in the kidneys can lead to high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Reduced Mobility

Chronic inflammation of the joints can cause stiffness and decreased range of motion in the affected areas, leading to mobility issues that prevent your loved one from certain physical activities. Your loved one may need an aid, such as a walker or cane, if inflammation occurs in the legs, feet, or spine. Medications and physical therapy can help your loved one maintain his or her mobility.

Less Socialization

The pain and swelling caused by chronic inflammation can reduce your loved one’s ability and desire to participate in the social activities he or she enjoys, which can have an impact on his or her mental and emotional wellbeing. Some seniors might not be able to join friends because of their discomfort, and others might develop depression as a result of persistent pain and reduced mobility. However, a doctor can prescribe treatment so your loved one can reduce the symptoms associated with chronic inflammation and live a fuller, healthier lifestyle.

If chronic inflammation has made it difficult for your loved one to live a happy and healthy life, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a trusted provider of Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care in Henderson, and our expertly trained caregivers can assist with tasks ranging from exercise and meal prep to transportation and medication reminders. To learn more, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 today.