There are certain health issues that people pay closer attention to as they get older. They realize when they are past a certain age that mortality increases and the ability to combat certain diseases, including various forms cancer, decrease dramatically.
For elderly veterans, one such type of cancer is prostate cancer. There are certain genetic markers that could indicate a higher risk of developing a more aggressive and life-threatening form of prostate cancer. The non-aggressive, less life-threatening form is often treated with general observation, but not chemotherapy or radiation. A doctor might make frequent appointments to continue checking on the elderly individual, but rarely will they perform surgery or get involved in these other treatment options, mostly due to the risk to the seniors’ health aside from the cancer.
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and this is a very serious form of cancer that affects millions of men every year. In fact, more men will die of prostate cancer this year than women will die of breast cancer in the same year. It may seem as though breast cancer is a far deadlier disease because of all the media attention it gets, but prostate cancer is actually more lethal for men.
That could be due to a number of factors, including regular testing and awareness about this form of cancer. So why should elderly veterans be concerned about prostate and other types of cancer?
First, the earlier cancer is detected, the more likely there will be better treatment options available and better odds of beating the cancer. It also means the elderly individual will have more time to focus on building up the right type of support system he would need to fight this type of cancer.
During a cancer fight, seniors may feel worn out, debilitated, and unable to take care of themselves properly. If that’s the case, they might lean on family members or friends, but what if that support system isn’t around? A home care aide would be a great option.
Any veteran who might require home care support, even for a temporary period of time, should look into the Aid and Attendance Benefit. If they qualify, it could help pay for the home care they need.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring veterans care, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693
Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.