5 Common Medical Conditions in The Elderly

Growing older may bring about a range of health issues; both physical and mental. CareMalta Group – market leaders in providing quality services in nursing homes in Malta – have compiled a list of some conditions and illnesses commonly experienced in the elderly.


1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin. Elderly people are more susceptible to developing diabetes because of changes that take place as our bodies age. Common signs include urinating often, feeling very thirsty and hungry (despite eating), extreme fatigue and blurred vision.


2. Arthritis

Arthritis is not a single disease; it refers to joint pain or joint disease. Although people of all ages can have arthritis, it occurs more frequently as people get older. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include joint pain, swelling, stiffness and a decreased range of motion.


3. Stroke

Though stroke can happen at any stage in life, many studies show that age is the biggest threat. Stroke is increasingly recognised as an important cause of cognitive problems and has been implicated in the development of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.


4. Dementia

As discussed in previous blogs, dementia is a progressive disorder that affects the overall functionality of the brain. Rather than being a condition in and of itself, dementia refers to a set of symptoms relating to memory, language and understanding. Due to its symptoms and degenerative nature, a significant number of individuals with dementia reside at one of CareMalta’s retirement homes in Malta.


5. Depression

Symptoms of depression – namely social withdrawal and a lack of concentration— appear similar to those of dementia. There are a few differences which a trained medical professional will be able to differentiate between. Individuals who are depressed generally have good orientation in that they know with whom they’re speaking and where they are, whereas persons with dementia tend to be confused about these things. Another key difference is that depression tends to make the affected person put a negative spin on things.


CareMalta operates eight elderly homes across Malta which have gained an excellent reputation within the local community. This came about because of our commitment to provide high quality care by qualified, dedicated staff. Whether for a short or longer stay, we ensure it is a pleasant one.

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