Top Health Concerns Elderly are at Risk For
People are now living longer than ever. As we grow older, we are at greater risk for more health complications. In a previous article we discussed the Secrets to Living a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life, but when planning for optimum health it is also important to be well informed. Become familiar with the common health concerns and symptoms seniors are at risk for. This will help you take the appropriate steps to prevent or treat them.
Below are the most common health concerns seniors will face as they age.
Arthritis is the leading health issue seniors face and affects nearly half the elderly population. Arthritis causes painful, stiff joints and can easily keep you from an active lifestyle. To help prevent arthritis, it is important to maintain regular, steady exercise. Managing your weight is also essential for better joint health.
Heart Disease is the top killer of Americans. High blood pressure and cholesterol are increasingly more common as we age. Both are major risk factors for developing heart disease or causing a stroke. Staying active and a healthy diet will help control cholesterol and blood pressure and reduce our risk of heart disease by as much as 80%.
Our chances of developing cancer grow with age. Cancer is not always able to be prevented, but measures to better manage the disease are available. Many types of cancers are easier to treat if detected early on through regular screenings.
Aging changes our lungs. One in seven older adults is living with a lung disorder and respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in seniors. Chronic Respiratory Diseases affect the airways and other structures of the lungs. They are not curable, but treatments to improve quality of living with the disease and symptoms are available. Major risk factors include tobacco smoke, air pollution, allergens, and occupational risks.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It impairs our memory, thinking, behavior, and drastically disrupts a person’s daily life. Nearly, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia worldwide. Alzheimer’s can’t be prevented, but adopting early habits can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and improve brain health. Learn more Truth’s About Alzheimer’s.
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones, and causes bones to become frail and brittle. With osteoporosis the bones are so weak even something minor like coughing can cause painful fractures. Aging, being female, low body weight, menopause, smoking, and some medications are common risk factors. Calcium, vitamin D, osteoporosis medications, and exercise can help prevent or treat the condition.
Depression is commonly under diagnosed and untreated among people of any age. Depression and suicide rates increase with age. Additionally, depression can compromise our immune system and impair our ability to fight infections. Medications and therapy can help improve mental state. Socializing and surrounding yourself around friends and family is another effective remedy.
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