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ALZHEIMER’S

While there’s no cure for alzheimer’s, a patient’s safety and comfort are paramount requiring routine testing and constant checking on the prescribed medications while maintaining continuous communication with the family.

Dr. Jose Gonzalez, Geriatrician at Leon Medical Centers says the following, “What we try is to alleviate the burden on their side and to maximize all the efforts in delaying the progression of the disease.” It is a challenge for most Caregivers being faced with parents suffering from Alzheimer’s in that they require excellent medical attention for the parent, plus support needed to take care of them.

DIABETES

Dr. Angel Alejandro, Endocrinologist, heads up the Diabetes Center at Leon Medical Centers. On Diabetes he states, “We’ve seen a lot of patients over the age of 65 being diagnosed for the first time with type 2 diabetes. It may be incurable, but you can control diabetes through diet and exercise”.

Patients know from the beginning that medication is only one step in the process. More importantly is to prevent the complications of this disease by adjusting to a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes is often a hereditary condition and it is key for Caregivers to help adjust the lifestyle of their senior parents, while also changing their own before it’s too late.

HEALTHY LIVING

At Leon Medical Centers the emphasis is on preventative medicine. And that means, in addition to visiting the doctor, also staying physically, mentally and socially active.

Dr. Rafael Mas, Leon’s Chief Medical Officer says it best, “In medicine we always say that things that do not get used get atrophied. So, if you don’t use your brain, and don’t keep your brain active, your brain function decreases. If you don’t keep your body active and moving, it’s not the same.”

AS SENIORS LIVE LONGER, Caregivers must now assume the responsibility of much of their medical care. STAYING ENGAGED AND ACTIVE WILL HELP seniors MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND sustain A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE; a quality of life that is shared by parents and their families alike.