Aging brings a new set of challenges for older people and their loved ones and caretakers. At Frisco Medical Center, board-certified family medicine doctors, Luis Palacios, MD, and Jessica Huerta, DO, MS, are experienced in treating the complex health issues affecting the elderly. Their goal is to help them live happy, healthy lives. To schedule a geriatric care appointment, call or click today.
Your body undergoes a number of changes as you get older. While many of these changes are unavoidable, the good news is you can minimize their impact by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, simply knowing what to expect can make aging less stressful.
Examples of changes you can experience as you get older, include:
As you get older, your heart has to work harder to pump blood.
Your bones become weaker and your muscles lose strength, which can affect your coordination and balance and leave you more prone to fractures.
You may find yourself misplacing your keys, forgetting familiar words and names, and struggling to retain new information. These memory issues are a normal part of aging and don’t mean you have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Though the above are some examples of common changes, aging affects everyone differently. With Dr. Palacios’ help, you can continue to lead a happy, full life as you get older.
People age 65 and older are more likely to develop illnesses, such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and certain cancers. However, these illnesses are not an inevitable part of aging, and you can prevent or manage many of them by taking control of your health. As you get older, you should:
Dr. Palacios will guide you in creating a plan to stay healthy based on your unique needs.
Dr. Palacios may determine you need certain tests depending on your medical history. However, as a general rule, people over 65 should regularly receive:
To schedule a geriatric care appointment at Frisco Medical Center, call or click today.