When you sit back and watch your parents, or grandparents, age, what is the biggest problem you think they will face? Some might say financial struggles, or declining abilities. While those issues might be of utmost concern to some, the largest issue, honestly, is health. Remember that old adage, “when you have your health, you have everything”? Adages and sayings stick around so long because there is always a kernel (or bigger nugget) of truth in them.
Old age starts when you are young
We all have to face it. Our bodies wear out as we grow older. Note I said older, and not old. I point this out because the decline has to do with disease and condition. You will find some octogenarians that are in better condition, health-wise, than many 20- or 30-somethings.
Just like many younger adults don’t take care of their bodies and health as well as they probably should, neither do seniors. Although that might be the case for altogether different reasons. Consider these differences:
- Young people generally are feeling pretty good and stay fairly – if not overly – busy. The idea that they have to work at maintaining strength, flexibility, and stamina is not pressed upon them because they don’t see a decline.
- Older folks, on the other hand, suddenly realize that they no longer have the strength, flexibility, stamina, and endurance that they once had. But by the time they notice it enough that it is a problem, it’s really hard work to re-build it, and they give up. Senior health might seem like a no-go.
Part of wearing out is that all of a sudden it becomes apparent that some organ or system isn’t functioning properly. Then come the diagnoses like Type II Diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure and the like. Chronic health conditions don’t really pop up overnight, although it might seem that way. No, they have gradually been developing over those “younger” years when we think we are in control and doing pretty good. Bad habits such as smoking, alcohol use, and sedentary lifestyles hasten them along.
Obstacles to healthcare faced by senior citizens
When people don’t have access to good medical care on a regular basis, those conditions – and bad habits – take greater hold and become major medical issues earlier than if people address them throughout their entire life – from childhood to adulthood.
Seniors, especially, are hard hit when access to medical professionals is not available to them. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a doctor nearby. No, access is limited by a variety of other factors, too, including:
- Lack of insurance coverage
- Cost of visits, services, and prescriptions
- Inability to get transportation to and from medical centers
For seniors on fixed incomes, the first two become defining elements of how often they see a doctor and the kind of care they get is often where the top challenges – senior health and finances – come together.
Overcome top senior health challenges at HOPE Healthcare Services
At HOPE Healthcare Services, we take those challenges on headfirst every single day. With the Community Care Program, all members of the community without insurance, including seniors, are able to get health and dental care on a regular basis and at an affordable rate. We work very hard to find the best services at reduced costs from lab work and radiology to prescriptions.
We know that the people, young and old, who have regular doctor visits are more likely to stay their healthiest as they go through life. We can’t solve all the problems of the world at HOPE Healthcare, but we can make life better for many , including those who are concerned about senior health.
If you do not have insurance, and avoid seeking medical care for routine health issues, we are here to help.Call us at 317-272-0708 or contact us via email to learn more about the services available to you. You can also visit our website to get more information. Located in Avon, we are centrally located for all Hendricks County residents.
Don’t wait until you reach the age where you are aware that your strength, flexibility, stamina, and endurance negatively impacts your daily routine. Let’s get started now to make a change.