Posted on Jul 9, 2020 in Senior Health
Our increasingly aging population means health concerns for seniors are widespread.
To best prepare for a long and fruitful retirement, it pays to be well aware of the major health issues you can expect to encounter.
Today, then, we’ll highlight the 7 most problematic areas as you enter your golden years.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, roughly 1 in 9 seniors has this progressive brain disorder.
While Alzheimer’s is the root cause of most cases of dementia, there are other types of dementia that can impact you as you age. From vascular dementia to dementia with Lewy bodies, your brain and cognition are under constant threat as you get older.
Cognitive impairment can affect your life in many ways if you’re struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s.
If you find yourself one of the 11% of American seniors with Alzheimer’s, you can manage the condition in the early stages. When things get too much and you need assistance around-the-clock, it’s worth moving to a dedicated memory care unit.
Did you know there are more than 100 types of arthritis?
As the leading cause of disability in the US, 50 million American adults, predominantly seniors, suffer from this joint disease, often experiencing chronic pain. The CDC reports that 49.6% of over-65s have arthritis.
Stiffness, inflammation, and decreased mobility can all discourage exercise. Nevertheless, you should do what you can to stay active. Consult with your healthcare provider and establish an activity schedule in line with your limits.
While the pain and impaired freedom of motion can negatively affect your life, there’s a great deal you can do to fight back against arthritis.
The second-leading cause of death in the over-65s, cancer was responsible for 413,885 American deaths in 2014. In the same CDC report, it’s revealed that 21% of female seniors and 28% of male seniors in the US have some form of cancer.
These are sobering statistics you’re likely to have seen before. Who doesn’t know someone touched by cancer?
Early detection is key in successfully treating cancer. If you find yourself diagnosed when it’s too late to completely eliminate the cancer, you have a range of treatment options to improve your quality of life and potentially extend your lifespan.
You should always stay in close contact with your doctor as a senior and have all necessary check-ups performed. Stay on top of your health and maximize your chance of escaping unscathed by the big C.
Diabetes not only impacts your diet, but it can also play havoc with your lifestyle.
As you get older, you should closely control your blood sugar levels.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 14.3 million seniors suffer from diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. This represents 26.8% of all American over-65s.
Diabetes stops your body from efficiently processing blood glucose, commonly known as blood sugar.
There are 3 main types of diabetes:
As a senior, it’s type 2 diabetes you need to be aware of since type 1 diabetes develops in juveniles while gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy.
Eat healthily and manage your weight. Speak with your doctor and work together to embrace healthy lifestyle changes that will improve your plight if you’re diabetic.
3 million American seniors each year are treated in ER after falling.
Falls commonly cause broken and fractured bones, both especially damaging as you get older and your bones become weaker.
To make things worse, falls are also the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Make sure your home is as safe as possible with grab bars and railings installed as required. Do plenty of strength and balancing exercises at home.
If you feel you’re at heightened risk of falling and you don’t feel safe in your own home, it might be time to consider the benefits of an assisted living community.
The CDC reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in seniors. 1 in 4 of all deaths can be attributed to cardiovascular disease totaling 647,000 deaths each year in the US.
It’s coronary disease that claims most victims. 8 in 10 of all deaths from coronary heart disease occur in the over-65s.
Risk factors like high cholesterol and high blood pressure increase your chances of heart disease. Do all you can to eat healthy whole foods, to exercise appropriately, and to rest well. It goes unsaid you should not smoke and you should only drink alcohol in moderation. Take care of all this and you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease as you get older.
While COVID-19 might still be snatching all the headlines, flu and pneumonia remain in the top 8 causes of death for seniors in the US.
You should always get an annual flu shot and it’s also advisable to get a pneumonia vaccination if you doctor feels this is wise.
Take all sensible precautions to minimize your chances of contracting flu or pneumonia. While not chronic conditions, both can be fatal in seniors.
If you have any health concerns for seniors, whether for yourself or an elderly loved one, feel free to contact our friendly team here at Landmark Senior Living. Whether you need help choosing an assisted living community near you or you want advice on any of the health concerns we touch on above, reach out today.