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Effects of Chronic Inflammation on Elderly Health

Chronic inflammation can impact many different parts of the body, and it occurs when the related tissues are unable to overcome the injuring agent. There are various health concerns that can directly result from chronic inflammation, many of them serious. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of at-home care in Las Vegas, discusses a few of these complications.

Memory Loss

Chronic inflammation can destroy brain cells, leading to Alzheimer’s and other diseases that affect memory. Chronic inflammation in the brain impairs function of the hippocampus, the region of the brain that helps store and generate memory. However, inflammation disrupts established memories. When inflammation in the brain is not treated, it can play a significant role in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Arthritis 

Seniors are one of the largest groups impacted by arthritis, and chronic inflammation within the joints can do significant damage to a senior’s joint cartilage and synovial fluid. The joint linings swell and overproduce synovial fluid, leading to more swelling, damage, and immobility. This upsets the natural balance of tissues, and eventually provokes arthritis.

Heart Attack 

Chronic inflammation contributes to coronary atherosclerosis, which can cause a heart attack. When inflammation destabilizes smaller plaques, they rupture and form a blood clot, which blocks blood flow to the heart. Cardiologists can place stents to prop open large blockages, but chronic inflammation can still continue unimpeded, eventually causing a heart attack or stroke.

Kidney Failure 

Inflammatory cytokines, proteins that are important in cell signaling, can restrict circulation and cause damage to the nephrons and tubules in the kidneys. The lack of blood flow caused by the chronic inflammation can affect kidney function, damaging the organs and causing kidney failure. Chronic inflammation in the kidneys can be especially dangerous for seniors because they may have been living with it a long time without showing any symptoms, and sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.

Seniors with chronic inflammation can adopt healthier lifestyles to combat the effects of the condition. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a nutritious diet, participating in regular exercise, or focusing on other aspects of his or her health, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible part-time and live-in care, and we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia home care Las Vegas seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call a Care Manager at 702-550-3185 today.