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Senior Health

After the age of 65, many health concerns that arise later in life require closer observation and attention than ever before. At Central Care Clinic, our compassionate team offers comprehensive primary care for both short-term needs such as physical exams as well as ongoing care and management for chronic diseases in seniors. We also provide patients with referrals for at-home care for those who may require it. Our priority is to ensure that you remain healthy, active and independent as your health needs and questions change with age.

Our Senior Health Services Include:

Diabetes

In the U.S., more than 40 percent of all cases of diabetes occur in people 65 and older, and type 2 diabetes is among the most common chronic diseases of aging. Diabetes occurs when the amount of sugar in the blood becomes too high as a result of the body not making enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or doesn’t respond to the insulin made (type 2 diabetes). In older adults, diabetes increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, incontinence, falls and other serious conditions or issues.

If you suspect you have diabetes or may be at risk, Central Care Clinic can perform diagnostic blood tests to measure your glucose levels. Once diagnosed, your course of treatment may include insulin medication, weight management, exercise and dietary changes. Our providers can also teach you how to monitor your glucose levels with a glucose meter at home for simple management.

Heart Attack

For men and women, coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease can cause chest pain as a result of inadequate blood supply to the heart or lead to a heart attack, which can be fatal. Because coronary arteries stiffen and narrow with age, seniors are at higher risk of heart disease and heart attack, especially in men.

At Central Care Clinic, we can provide testing for coronary heart disease such as a chest x-ray or electrocardiogram (EKG). Management for heart disease may include diet and lifestyle changes, blood thinning medication or blood pressure medications. If you are experiencing severe chest pain, it can be an indicator of a heart attack and requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Hypertension

Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, goes hand-in-hand with getting older, as the blood vessels naturally stiffen and narrow as you age. Narrowed blood vessels mean your body has to work harder to pump blood through your arteries, putting added pressure against their walls and weakening or damaging them. High blood pressure often produces no symptoms, but left untreated can lead to more severe conditions such as heart attack, stroke or falls and fainting.

As over half of individuals over the age of 60 have high blood pressure in the U.S., it is critical to have your blood pressure regularly monitored to prevent further health issues as you age. At Central Care Clinic, our providers can check your blood pressure, provide education on how to measure your blood pressure at home and help you manage the condition. If diagnosed with hypertension, your treatment plan may include medications or diet and lifestyle changes to get your levels back under control.

Stress Fractures

Unlike a bone fracture, which is either a complete break or incomplete cracking of the bone, a stress fracture refers to a small crack in the bone often caused by repetitive movements or overuse. However, in the elderly, stress fractures can occur from regular use of a bone due to bones weakened by preexisting conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis. Stress fractures are more likely to happen in weight-bearing bones, such as those in the feet or lower legs.

You may not notice any pain associated with your stress fracture immediately, but if left untreated, pain can worsen over time. Central Care Clinic can diagnose your stress fracture by assessing your medical history and performing diagnostic tests such as x-rays, MRIs or bone scans. Treatment for stress fractures may require you to wear a foot brace or crutches to take the weight off the affected bone as well as lifestyle changes or physical therapy to get you back on your feet.

Stroke

A stroke can occur when regular blood flow in an area of the brain is interrupted due to the blockage of a blood vessel or a blood vessel bursting or breaking. If blood cannot reach the brain cells, even for a short time, cells can die off and brain damage may occur. Depending on the affected area, this brain damage could result in a loss of mobility, speech or memory, or in some cases, be fatal. Old age increases the risk of stroke in adults over 55, as well as preexisting conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.

To diagnose a stroke, tests for blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes may be performed along with computerized tomography (CT) scan or brain MRI. Central Care Clinic will also check for symptoms of disability, paralysis and cognitive function. Rehabilitation after a stroke may include physical or speech therapy and blood thinners to ensure a second stroke does not occur.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bones lose density, quality and become increasingly more fragile and prone to fracture. When you’re young, your bones are constantly repairing and renewing bone tissue, but as you age, bone remodeling can become unbalanced as more bone tissue is lost than new bone is formed. The primary cause of osteoporosis is the age-related decrease in the body’s production of hormones; women produce less estrogen after menopause and men produce less testosterone with age.

Due to the natural drop in hormones, women over the age of 50 and men over 70 have an increased risk of osteoporosis. The early stages of this disease often display no symptoms, so it is essential to have your bone health checked if you are at risk to prevent the disease from progressing. At Central Care Clinic, we can provide diagnostic testing for osteoporosis as well as treatment to halt bone loss and improve bone density, lower your risk of fractures and help you manage pain from the disease.

As you get older, quality health care becomes more critical than ever. To learn more about our senior health services, contact the Central Care Clinic office today at (704) 567-8218 to schedule your appointment. Whether you have concerns about a new ache or pain or the management of chronic disease, our providers are committed to being invested in your health.