According to the Institute on Aging, “Chronic illness has replaced acute illness as the major health problem of older adults—and increasingly so as medicine evolves.” While death rates for heart disease and stroke are falling, this means people are surviving and living longer, but with the chronic consequences of disease.
“Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost two-thirds of all deaths each year.”
Therefore, maintaining quality of life can become increasingly difficult with multiple chronic conditions.
How can assisted living help you or your loved one?
Many chronic conditions can be helped by making healthy choices in your daily life. Assisted living allows customization of care to fit your unique needs. For example, Iris Park Commons Assisted Living provides nursing, dietary, housekeeping, personal care, and life enrichment programming.
- Reducing stress: Through assisted living, stress-reducing activities are frequent and fun! Take a painting class through Creative Ventures or take part in our enrichment programming activities, like crafts or games.
- Regular exercise: Through our Wellbeing Programming, you’ll have access to our warm water therapy pool, fitness center and guided classes like Tai Chi. Regular exercise leads you or your loved one away from a sedentary lifestyle, which can increase wellbeing and quality of life.