Chronic Conditions Don’t Have to Hinder Senior Independence

Disability and disease are more likely to affect elderly adults than any other segment of the population. Chronic illnesses in particular are very common in those over the age of 65, with more than three-fourths of that age group reporting that they have one or more in their lives. When a senior gets a diagnosis of a chronic condition, they may worry that they will lose their independence and their ability to live in their own home. However, chronic conditions definitely do not mean an end to an elderly person’s independence.

Senior Care Greece NY - Chronic Conditions Don’t Have to Hinder Senior Independence

Senior Care Greece NY – Chronic Conditions Don’t Have to Hinder Senior Independence

What is a Chronic Illness?

Chronic illnesses are those that are not caused by bacteria or viruses, cannot be cured by modern medicine and never go away. The symptoms of chronic conditions can often be managed to a point where they don’t interfere with daily life. In other cases, the symptoms are serious enough that they prevent the senior adult from engaging in everyday living tasks. They can significantly affect their quality of life and in extreme cases, they can lead to complete dependence on senior care assistance and family caregivers.

Around three-fourths of all elderly adults in America over the age of 65 are living with at least one chronic illness. Some of the most common chronic conditions in the elderly include arthritis, glaucoma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, osteoporosis, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis of the condition can certainly lead to immediate treatment and a minimization of symptoms. Lifestyle adjustments and proper medication can also slow down the progression of the chronic illnesses.

Treating Chronic Conditions

Chronic diseases are not an inevitable part of aging. In fact, most chronic illnesses are treatable when managed by a doctor or medical team. When the symptoms of chronic diseases start to interfere with daily activities, seniors can look into many different tools and resources available to allow them to still live in their own homes. The bottom line is that a chronic illness doesn’t automatically mean that it’s time for the nursing home.

As mentioned, an early diagnosis is a big step in getting an elderly adult the proper treatment they need. Adjusting the diet can also help with some chronic illnesses like arthritis and diabetes. Exercise and weight loss will always help the body function better with a number of chronic illnesses such as high cholesterol, arthritis, and heart disease. There are many ways that seniors can reduce the impact of the symptoms of chronic health issues on their daily lives, including occupational and physical therapy, senior care assistance programs, meal delivery services and more.

Even though the risk of chronic disease and disability does increase with age, it doesn’t mean that elderly adults have to automatically sacrifice their independence. With an effective support group and close medical treatment, seniors can enjoy living in their own homes for many years to come.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Greece NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)