Top 9 Issues the Elderly Face

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Here, we list the top 9 issues the elderly face:

  1. Cognitive decline: It is vital to acknowledge the early warning indications of Alzheimer’s, as early treatment and intervention may be critical to slowing the disease’s progression.
  2. Balance issues: Slips and falls are the top cause of injury among the elderly, and maintaining your mobility and balance is crucial in fall prevention.
  3. Oral health issues: Not all elderly people lose their teeth; however, problems such as gingivitis which leads to periodontitis, may be common in the elderly. Visiting a dental professional for a cleaning every 6 months and proper oral care will help to make sure your gums and teeth are as healthy as they can be.
  4. Heart disease: This is the number one cause of death for people over 65. Conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure must be properly managed and taking care of your heart are essential to avoid the development of heart disease in your golden years.
  5. Osteoporosis or osteoarthritis: According to National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54M adults over the age of 50 have osteoporosis or low bone mass, and almost every adult over the age of 80 has some type of osteoarthritis. Consuming a healthy diet and exercising regularly may help protect your joints and bones.
  6. Respiratory conditions: Diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or asthma may grow worse the older you get. Fortunately, there are various medicines available which enable those with this condition to breathe much easier.
  7. It is estimated that 25% of adults age 65+ experience type 2 diabetes. The sooner you recognize that you’re at risk or suffer with diabetes, the sooner you may start to manage your blood sugar and make lifestyle changes which will better control it.
  8. Pneumonia or influenza: Infections such as pneumonia or the flu are not especially senior illnesses, but this population is more susceptible to them and because of their weakened immune systems, which can make recovery difficult.
  9. Hearing or vision loss: Maintaining routine screenings for your hearing and vision is important as you grow older. Age-associated eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration impact millions of mature adults, and 43% of people experiencing hearing loss are age 65 and up.

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Valerie Mitchell