Veterans Care

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, Veterans-Careincluding 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

About Kyle Laramie, Founder & CEO

Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As its founder and CEO of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather, a World War II Veteran who unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family wasn’t aware of available opportunities. In recognition of his impact in leadership, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list and St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. VCC was named a St. Louis Small Business Monthly “Top 20” small business and a finalist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch Top Workplace (2015-2022), St. Louis Business Journal Best Place to Work (2019 & 2022), and the Arcus Awards (2014). The team has served more than 14,000 Veteran clients and their families. Kyle frequently speaks on Veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and Decision Health. He is passionate about giving back and has built a charitable-minded organization that supports various philanthropic efforts.