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Helping Men Overcome Impotence in Their Senior Years

Statistics indicate that the majority of men experience impotence at some time during their life. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study reports that 52 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 live with some type of erectile dysfunction (ED). The rate increases to 70 percent for men aged 70 or older. However, older men do not have to accept the problem as a normal part of aging. Hourly Sacramento caregivers can help their senior loved ones by maintaining an open dialogue, discovering the underlying cause, and seeking medical treatment.

Impotence Causes

There are many reasons that are not age related that can lead to ED. 

  • Cardiovascular disorders that include atherosclerosis or high blood pressure
  • Diabetes accounts for approximately 50 percent of male impotence
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Drinking alcohol or smoking
  • Bladder or prostate surgery
  • Multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
  • Anxiety, depression and some blood pressure medications 
  • Being overweight or obese

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Decreasing risk factors by making lifestyle changes may be all that is needed for some men to recover. Losing weight, quitting alcohol or smoking are common recommendations offered by physicians. Men with cognitive disabilities and require dementia or Alzheimer’s home care in Sacramento may simply require therapy to sustain an erection. For men experiencing performance anxiety, counseling may be the answer. 

The delicate blood vessels in the genital region are often the first to suffer hypertension due to atherosclerosis. Diagnosing and treating the underlying medical cause may alleviate problems in the bedroom. If a medication is the causative factor, do not stop taking the prescription unless advised by a doctor. Many medications require a gradual tapering in order to prevent unwanted side effects. A change in prescription might also be helpful. 

Barring the possibility of other obvious causes, there are many FDA-approved medications and treatments geared toward reversing impotence. Many medications are taken orally. Others require injections directly into the penis or the urethra. 

Determining the correct course of action requires a visit to the doctor’s office. Following a thorough physical examination and an overview of your loved one’s medical history, physicians will order the appropriate tests, make a diagnosis and prescribe the necessary treatment. Your loved one may also benefit from help from a trusted home care agency in Sacramento. Call Home Care Assistance today at 916.706.0169 to learn how our comprehensive services can benefit your loved one. Our experienced Care Managers are always available to take your call and will even schedule a free in-home consultation.