Why recovering from pneumonia is an uphill battle for the elderly


DANGEROUS TO THE ELDERLY AND WHAT LIES AHEAD IN THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S RECOVERY. JO IT IS AN ILLNESS THAT THREATENS BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. THE FORMER PRESIDENT WISHES SECOND BOUT WITH PNEUMONIA HIGHLIGHTED A THREAT TO THE OLDER — ELDERLY.>>EVERY DAY WE GRIEVE POTENTIAL INSPECTORS. JOE: THE DIRECTOR OF PRIMARY CARE SEES PLENTY OF CASES WERE ELDERLY PATIENTS STRUGGLE.>>AS SOMEONE GETS OLDER, THEIR BODY’S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO AN INFECTION BECOMES LESS. JOE: THEM CAUSES COUGH, FEVER AND NAUSEA. SOME RECOVER IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. IN ELDERLY PATIENTS SOME SYMPTOMS GO UNNOTICED.>>PNEUMONIA CAN PROGRESS TO AN INVASIVE PROBLEM. JOE: MANY WHO HAVE HAD AN AMMONIA TO GET BACK TO FULL STRENGTH, SOMEWHAT BEEN HOSPITALIZED HAVE RISK FACTORS THAT CAN BRING THEM BACK TO A HOSPITAL ROOM.>>WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A POPULATION WITH A SET OF RISK FACTORS THAT MAKE THEM PARTICULARLY AT RISK FOR INFECTION MIGHT PNEUMONIA. IN PRESIDENT BUSH’S INSTANCE, VERY LIKELY IT IS A RECURRENCE OF AN INFECTION. JOE: HE SAYS THOSE LIKE FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE A HIGHER CHANCE OF GETTING PNEUMONIA AGAIN, BUT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM COULD BE VULNERABLE.>>WITH ANY INFECTION, EVEN A COMMON COLD, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TAKES A HIT WHILE IT IS COMBATING THE INFECTION. JOE: THE RECOVERY PROCESS SHOULD BE MONITORED. THE INFECTION CAN BE FULLY ERADICATED IF TREATED PROPERLY.>>WE SEE THE AGING POPULATION AGING HEALTHFULLY.

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