Review Article

The impact of chronic disease and disability on the elderly

C. J. Eales
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 55, No 3 | a567 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v55i3.567 | © 2018 C. J. Eales | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 September 2018 | Published: 31 August 1999

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C. J. Eales, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

Health care systems for elderly people should aim to delay the onset of illness, reducing the final period of infirmity and illness to the shortest possible time. The most effective way to achieve this is by health education and preventative medicine to maintain mobility and function. Changes in life style even in late life may result in improved health, effectively decreasing the incidence of chronic diseases associated with advancing age. This paper presents the problems experienced by elderly persons with chronic diseases and disabilities with indications for meaningful therapeutic interventions.


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Elderly; chronic disease; health education; prevention; management

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