"I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees..."
- Ulysses, by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The risk for certain medical conditions, chronic or acute, increases with age. Most of these can be dealt with by having regular check-ups with a physician and making healthy lifestyle choices and opt for a complete lifestyle modification if required.
To prevent mental afflictions make sure that your parents are not feeling isolated or unappreciated. Companionship is the best cure for the mind and problems in cognition has to be treated with proper medication and counselling.
There are many factors leading to problems in moving around - like bone damage, balance disorders, obesity, and loss of sensory abilities. We need to understand the problem and try to help them stay as much active as their health permits.
With change in the metabolic rate and the body's inability to cope with it, elders often suffer from nutrition issues. So ensure that the elderly in your care are eating right, if required it may be necessary to consult a professional dietician.
An ageing body is slow to respond to infections, which increases the risk of sickness and reduces the process of healing. In this case, 'prevention is better than cure' and proper care should be taken to ensure that the aged are not exposed to difficult conditions.
Although it is one of the most common problems of ageing and a root cause for many other ailments, sleeping problems are often most neglected. With proper medical diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to make the aged smile again.