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    Overview of Common health problems of seniors
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      Introduction

      As you age, your health problems tend to increase. Here’s a look at some of the most common health problems that ail seniors

      Arthritis

      This is the Number One ailment that those aged 65 and above have to face. It impacts 49.7% of this group and leads to a lot of pain and a decline in the quality of life. Though they cannot be as active as before, working out a personal activity plan that goes with treatment will help.

      Cancer

      Research has found that cancer is the second leading cause of death among seniors over age 65. Regular cancer screenings can help arrest the disease at an early stage and cure it. However, even in cases where seniors have cancer, taking medication and following healthy habits can make the quality of life better.

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      Heart Disease

      This is the greatest killer of adults over age 65. The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics says that heart disease affects 37% of men and 26% of women 65 and older. As one grows older, the risk factors for heart disease increase too as they may tend to suffer from high Cholesterol and high B.P. Getting a grip on diet and exercise will help.

      Falls

      Falls are a major cause for concern as seniors advance in age. Rugs, slippery bathroom floors, dimly lit areas and so on can be dangerous tripping hazards. Seniors must watch out for them and if needed use walking AIDS.

      Depression

      15% to 20% of elders over 65 have faced depression. They must stay aware of its dangers as it can lower their immunity. The should make an attempt to socialize more and indulge in doing things they enjoy to keep the blues away.

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      Diabetes

      This is quite common amongst elders and it’s important that blood sugar is kept under check. Seniors must opt for blood tests at least a few times a year to rule out diabetes. If they have the disease, they must follow the prescribed diet and medication.

      Good luck.....Good health!

       

       

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