Of surgeries performed in America, nearly 20% of those patients are seniors over the age of 65. Due to age, surgery can come with an increased risk of complications both during and after the procedure. There are many reasons for the increased risk. Aside from senior’s bodies being more delicate due to age, seniors can be sensitive to the drugs used during surgery, such as anesthesia. The same amount of drug that is traditionally used for every patient can have a varying effect on the elderly.
During the month of January, we raise awareness to Cervical Health. Cervical Cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death in women in America. It is estimated that in 2016, nearly 13,000 women will be diagnosed and about 30% of those diagnosed will succumb to the disease. Typically, cervical cancer can occur in middle-aged women. But that does not mean that senior women are not still at risk. Senior women account for 20 percent of cervical cancer diagnoses.
Temperatures are dropping and cold days are here. Flu season has officially arrived. For seniors, it is especially important to be cautious during this time of year. People over the age of 65 are at higher risk for developing complications from the flu. Getting vaccinated for influenza can ensure you are able to fight off the virus.