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Can Older People Get Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy condition tends to affect the human’s voluntary muscles and causes them to susceptible towards damage in an overly manner. As a genetic disease, it progresses worse as body muscles continue to become weak gradually. However, muscular dystrophy problem may even affect other body parts, which include involuntary muscles and heart. Because of this, you have to understand about the type of dystrophy in a well manner and its adverse effects on senior citizens to whom you are providing medical care.

Can Older People Get Muscular Dystrophy?

Can Older People Get Muscular Dystrophy?

Health condition of muscular dystrophy may affect any old person in various ways depending on the way, in which the problem manifests itself. Nevertheless, with consistent weakening of body muscles, it is obvious that a senior person will face difficulty in accomplishing their daily tasks. In this situation, the patient i.e. the old person requires a caregiver to help in providing necessary meals, grooming and running errands for various types of household items and performing other essential responsibilities.

In minor cases, you may find massage techniques as helpful in easing the muscular dystrophy based pain, which arises due to crippling. While providing massage techniques or any other related services, you as a caregiver have to understand that you should essentially stay sensitive towards the feelings of the respective senior person. Most of the seniors perceive getting assistance from another person as a nuisance. Caregivers in this situation have to understand that the problem not only affects any individual physically, but also his or her mentality. In case any old person develops mobility problems and requires wheelchair, you have to make sure the respective individual should be able to move across the home.

On the other side, some of the patients have extreme effects associated with muscular dystrophy. Because of this, their limbs will draw inward, while stay in a particular position. These people require additional hands-on assistance than the requirement of any other patient. However, regardless the extent of the problem, it is essential for a patient to get the necessary medication regularly to avoid further complications or chronic pain.

Symptoms Of Muscular Dystrophy

Major symptoms of muscular dystrophy disease include the following-

  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscular weakness 1
  • Lack of mobility

Crippling problems, which lead to contractures of various muscles across the joint area


To conclude, we should say that problem of muscular dystrophy often takes place in older people. However, the extent of the problem may vary among individuals, but patients have to rely on caregivers to fulfill their daily requirements. Along with this, patients have to take the necessary medicines and go for regular checkups to avoid any further complications.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 16, 2019

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