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The Value Of Geriatric Care

Cancer And Aging

  • January 10, 2018
  • learadmin

Seniors with cancer often have a different set of concerns than younger adults with cancer. Aging brings more complex issues as aging is often the single biggest risk factor in developing cancer along with a myriad of other health related problems such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure to name a few.

It is imperative that seniors work with a health care team to develop a treatment plan that takes all these co-existing conditions into consideration as well as the senior’s support system both emotional and practical. Senior cancer patients often times have a lower tolerance for the stress of cancer treatment. It is important to discuss with family and physicians and perhaps a social worker what kind of help will be needed while undergoing treatment.

Feeling a loss if independence and the ability to cope with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, and light housekeeping not to mention transportation and shopping can interfere with a senior’s recovery. Exploring options for support and help would be essential in developing a successful treatment plan.

older adults have often experienced the loss of a spouse, family member, and close friends. Undergoing cancer treatment without those loved ones can often bring on feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation. It is so important that an older adult does not experience cancer alone. Resources such as Cancer Support Community in North Texas is an organization filled with resources and programs to support cancer patients of all ages. All of their programs are FREE to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones.

Cancer Support Community North Texas:

Dallas County 214-345-8230

Collin County 972-981-7020