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AN ASSESSMENT OF COMMON HEALTH CHALLENGES OF ELDERLY AND MODERN REMEDIES

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Inevitably, it has been observed that as people become aged, they are more likely to experience health challenge at the same time. Although some of the variations in older people’s health are genetic, most of them are due to people’s physical and social environments and live styles, as well as their personal characteristics. Older age is also characterized by the emergence of several complex health states commonly called geriatric syndromes. Sequel to the above facts a study was conducted to examine common health challenges of elderly and the modern remedies. The findings made revealed that health challenges that are common in older age include hearing loss, cataracts and refractive errors, back/neck pain as well as osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, depression and dementia. The findings also revealed various modern remedies to the specified age-related challenges. For hearing loss, modern remedies were said to be the use of hearing aid(s), or assistive devices, such as telephone amplifiers or technology that converts speech to text. Also eyeglasses were the simplest and safest way to correct refractive errors. Besides that, PurXcel was said to be a useful product for reversal of all kinds of eye problems, such as: cataracts, glaucoma, myopia, and far-sightedness. As for back/neck pain and osteoarthritis, the modern remedies include exercise, rest and joint care, pain relief, weight control, medicines, surgery, and complementary treatment approaches. One of the recommendations made in the study was that people should observe good life styles such as good eating habit, involvement in physical activities, observation of adequate sleep, avoidance of stress and harmful substances before and during old age in order to avert future health challenges.

KEYWORDS: Common Health Challenges, Modern Remedies and Elderly

Emem Ifiok UKANA & Grace Joe EKA
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