The 12 Most Common Senior Health Problems
Thanks to new medications and surgical techniques, people are living longer. However, a 35-year-old body will be a very different body than a 75-year-old one. Many issues, both genetic and environmental, affect how we age.
The most widespread condition affecting those 65 and older is coronary heart disease, followed by stroke, cancer, pneumonia and the flu. Accidents, especially falls that result in hip fractures, are also unfortunately common in the elderly.
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A lot of our elders are coping with at least one of the following conditions, and many are dealing with two or more of the following:
- Heart conditions (hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease)
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Incontinence (urine and stool)
- Breathing problems
- Frequent falls, which can lead to fractures
- Parkinson’s disease
- Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, Macular Degeneration)
As the body changes, other things to be aware of are: