Top Health Concerns for Seniors

Top Health Concerns for Seniors

Senior health issues can arise as you age. You can prevent disease by being aware of these chronic conditions.

Americans can expect to live longer lives than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that people can expect to live 19.3 more years once they reach 65.

Choosing a healthier lifestyle, such as quitting smoking or losing weight, can help to avoid senior health problems.

However you also have to be physically active and eat healthy meals as most professional geriatricians recommend.  By the way, a geriatrician is a specialist in the treatment of chronic diseases.

You too could be part of the 41 percent who report their health as excellent or very good, according to the CDC when you follow their advice.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is the most common condition 65-year-olds have to deal with. According to the CDC, arthritis affects 49.7% of adults over 65. It can cause pain and lower quality life for some seniors. While arthritis can make it difficult to be active, it is important to consult your doctor to create a customized activity plan. This, in conjunction with other treatments, can help to maintain senior health.

2. Heart Disease

 According to the CDC heart disease is still the most common cause of death for adults over 65 years old. It was responsible for 489 722 deaths in 2014. Heart disease is a chronic condition that affects 37% of men and 26% of women aged 65 or older. As we age, our risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase our chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke. All experts agree that exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep are the best things for your health. They mean eating in a way that allows you to maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

3. Cancer

According to the CDC, cancer is the second leading cause for death in people over 65 with 413 885 deaths in 2014;  28% of men and 21% of women aged 65+ are affected by cancer. Screenings can catch cancer early, so it can be treated immediately. mammograms , colonoscopies And skin checks are some of the many types of cancer can be treated. Although you may not be able to treat every type of cancer, Preventing the spread of cancer can improve your quality of life as a senior living with cancer by working with your doctor and following  healthy senior living guidelines.

4. Respiratory Diseases

According to the CDC, the third leading cause of death for people 65 years and older is chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). According to the Federal Interagency forum on Aging-Related Statistics, is the third most common cause of death among people 65 years and older. A chronic respiratory condition can make it more difficult for seniors to live well.

5. Alzheimer's Disease

In 2014, Alzheimers caused 92,604 deaths among people over 65, according to the CDC. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in nine seniors 65 years and older has Alzheimer's disease. However, diagnosis can be difficult so it's hard to estimate how many are affected. Experts acknowledge that cognitive impairment can have a significant effect on seniors' health, from safety and self care to the financial burden of senior care.

6. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis could make you less mobile and possibly disabled if you are injured or fall, 54 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis or low bone mass. This can lead to lower senior health and a reduced quality of living.  The prognosis for Osteoporosis is on the rise as the professionals estimate that this number will increase to 64.4 millions by 2020.

7. Diabetes

According to the CDC, 25 percent of seniors 65 years and older have diabetes. This is a serious senior health risk. In 2014, diabetes was responsible for 54,161 deaths in adults over 65. Simple blood sugar tests can help identify diabetes early and get it under control. You can make changes immediately to reduce your risk of developing diabetes and improve your long-term health outlook.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia

Although pneumonia and the flu aren't considered chronic diseases, they are the leading causes of death for people over 65 years old. These diseases are more common in seniors, who are less likely to be cured. To prevent these serious complications and to protect your health, senior healthcare professionals recommend that you get an annual flu shot and the pneumonia vaccination.

9. Falls

Falling can lead to emergency room visits. According to the CDC, 2.5 million seniors 65 years and older receive emergency room care because of falls each year. This is more than any other age group. According to a study published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine in August 2015, one third of those who visit the emergency department for a fall may return within one year. According to a January 2013 study in the Journal of Injury and Violence Research, most falls happen in the home.

10. Substance Abuse

A National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions data analysis shows that one fifth of all people aged over 65 have experienced a substance abuse or addiction problem at some time in their lives. Survey participants abused the most non-medical substances, which included tobacco and alcohol. Substance abuse and alcoholism pose a risk to senior health due to possible interactions with prescription medications, their impact on general health, and increased risks for seniors such as falls when under the influence\.

11. Obesity

Obesity, a major senior health risk factor, is a significant factor in heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. These chronic conditions have a negative impact on quality of life. The risk of developing disease increases with increasing numbers. According to the CDC, 36.2 percent of adults aged 65-74 are obese. This means that their body weight index exceeds or equals 30. This can indicate that an older adult isn’t as mobile or active as he/she once was.

12. Depression

The American Psychological Association reports that between 15 and 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and older have suffered from depression. Depression can affect senior health and reduce immunity. It can also make it more difficult to fight infection. Other than medication and therapy, there are other ways to improve senior living. According to the Federal Interagency forum on Aging-Related Statistics, 59.4% of seniors 65+ don't exercise or interact more socially. Seniors report that they spend only 8 to 11% of their time with loved ones.

13. Oral Health

Not only are healthy gums and teeth important for easy eating and a beautiful smile, but they also play a vital role in senior health. According to the CDC 25 percent of seniors over 65 don't have natural teeth. Dr. Wei stated that as you get older, your mouth becomes dryer and cavities become more difficult to prevent. Therefore, proper oral care should be a priority for seniors.

14. Poverty

45 percent of 65-year-olds had incomes below poverty in 2013 with an average rate of inflation at the rate of 2.71% per year between 2013 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 27.18% this number of seniors with incomes below poverty has risen substantially.  This number includes all liabilities, financial resources, taxes, taxes, benefits such as food stamps, out of pocket medical expenses, and geographic variations in housing costs. The gap between men and women over 80 is slightly greater for older women than it is for men. A significant number of older adults live in poverty alone, with less resources. If you are unable to pay for doctor visits, medication for chronic conditions, or other essential senior healthcare, poverty can affect your senior health.

15. Shingles

Do you remember the chicken pox that you got as a child? You can get it back as shingles after you turn 60. The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in three people over 60 will develop shingles. 50 percent of Americans will have it by age 80. The shingles usually affect one side of the body. It can cause severe pain, tingling, and eventually, itchy rash or blisters. Talk to your doctor about the vaccine.

This is our disclosure:  This summary is for informational purposes only. This summary is not intended to be a recommendation for or give advice for any company or individual.

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