7 Reasons Why Seniors End Up in ER

7 Reasons Why Seniors End Up in ER

As we grow older, the likelihood of a trip to the emergency room becomes more common. Early education on what to watch out for, the symptoms and the causes of emergency situations, can aid you in preventing more serious conditions.

Here are seven common conditions which make it more likely for seniors to end up in the emergency room.

1. Common Accidents

One of the most common reasons that seniors land in the emergency room is due to daily occurrences of accidents. This could be anything from a fall down the staircase, to a more serious injury: a fire burn in the kitchen or a worse accident, such as the ones that happen in traffic. Many seniors who aren’t in a nursing home continue with their lives even though they aren’t as strong or as sure as they were years ago.

It is essential for seniors to realize that as they go about their normal daily routine, that they should take more care to not put themselves into dangerous situations.

2. Side Effects Due to Medications

Another common reason that seniors may have to go to the emergency room stems from medical complications. This often occurs because they are on prescription medication. They may have been prescribed a certain type of vitamin or medication and were unaware of the side effects. Another possibility is that interactions with other drugs or adverse drug reactions may cause the senior to suffer other complications to their health.

When undergoing medical treatment, it is best for seniors to always tell their doctors if they are taking drugs, medicines and even standard vitamins. If they attempt to self-medicate, they should do so only under strict guidance and instruction from a physician. This will avoid adverse effects and problems, or in the worst case scenario, a trip to the emergency room.

3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

What is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? The symptoms can be anything from a small cough to shortness of breath and extreme feelings of fatigue. These may be small symptoms but they may indicate greater illnesses, such as bronchitis or an obstruction of their airway.

If you or anyone you know has related symptoms and they are senior age, it’s important that they get checked by a physician. A simple trip to the doctor’s office when small symptoms start to show can prevent a greater problem.

4. Back Pains

Back pains may be a small sign of discomfort, but don’t take them lightly. A slight back pain may be a symptom of something much more serious, such as a spinal disorder, an inflammatory condition such as arthritis or a slipped disc.

Remember that seniors’ bones are not as healthy as when they were young. They must remember to keep their diet in check. They should eat foods which contribute to stronger bones and a healthy spine.

5. Stroke

Did you know that in the United States alone, stroke is the third most common reason why seniors wind up in the emergency room? In fact, it has been reported that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the country.

However, this is not something to worry about for most seniors, especially for those who have an established Senior Health Care Network. If they are being monitored by professional caregivers, they will have adequate medication and can be treated as soon as possible.

6. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is very common among seniors. It is a condition which affects the upper respiratory tract. What are some of the symptoms of pneumonia? Usually, in older people, you may notice such signs as sudden confusion or the person having a hard time breathing–as if their lungs are clogged.

7. Abdominal Pain

Whether the abdominal pain is caused by something that the senior ate or a more serious infection inside their body, it is important to take great care when experiencing abdominal pain. The consequences may end up being more serious medical conditions, such as malnutrition or kidney stones. In that case, they must be dealt with immediately. This leads to a trip to the emergency room.

Dealing with health problems as a senior citizen isn’t easy. You need the support of those who understand potential risks and complications. For more advice and tips on Active Retirement Living, follow our blog or call to speak with one of our consultants.

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