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8 Common Health Issues Among Older People

Hair curling, curling, thinking about where you parked the car - old age can be scary. In addition to humor, aging can lead to many health problems. For seniors who make up 12 percent of the world's population - and are expected to grow by almost 22% by 2050 - it is important to understand the issues that people face as they get older and know that there are preventative measures (or loved ones) on the road to healthy aging.

 1. Long-term health problems


 

 According to the National Council of the Elderly, 92 percent of the elderly have at least one chronic illness, 77% of which are two or more. The most common and expensive chronic health problems are heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, which account for two-thirds of all deaths each year. To control or prevent chronic diseases, it is recommended that you see a doctor every year, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly. Obesity is becoming a major concern among the elderly, and following certain lifestyles can help reduce obesity and related diseases.

 2. Cognitive health

 The ability to think, understand, and remember is the key to cognitive health. Forgetfulness, or cognitive impairment, is a very common mental illness that affects older people. Globally, dementia affects 47.5 million people and is expected to quadruple by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of Alzheimer's disease, affecting up to five million people over the age of 65 in the United States. Other chronic illnesses such as substance abuse, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, HIV, and smoking increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are no treatments for dementia, doctors may prescribe medications and treatment plans to help patients control their symptoms.

 3. Mental well-being


 More than 15% of people over the age of 60 suffer from mental illness, according to the World Health Organization. Depression is a common mental illness among the elderly, affecting about 7% of the population. Unfortunately, this mental illness is often misinterpreted and treated. In the United States, about one fifth of all suicides are committed by the elderly. Because sadness can be a side effect of chronic diseases, it helps to treat these diseases. In addition, promoting a healthy lifestyle, such as improved living standards and social assistance from family, friends or community agencies, can help treat depression.

 4. Disability


 

 Every 15 seconds, an adult enters the emergency room. Every 29 minutes an elder dies in a fall, the leading cause of death among the elderly. Older people are more likely to lose weight, break bones, and break bones as their bones weaken and their muscles lose strength and flexibility in old age. Osteoporosis and arthritis are two diseases that lead to weakness. On the other hand, failure is inevitable. Education, improved exercise, and practical home remedies can help prevent them in many cases.

 5. Sensory problems

 For people over the age of 70, sensory impairments such as seeing and hearing are very common. According to the CDC, one in six seniors has visual impairment, and one in four has hearing loss. Fortunately, both of these problems can be easily corrected using glasses or hearing aids. Thanks to new technologies, the provision of hearing aids and reviews is improving.

 6. Oral hygiene


 Oral health is one of the most important issues for the elderly, although it is often overlooked. Tooth decay and tooth decay make it difficult to eat a balanced diet, and can lead to low self-esteem and other health problems. Oral dryness, gum disease, and oral cancer are some of the most common oral health problems in the elderly. Regular dental checkups can help control or eliminate some diseases.

 7. Substance abuse

 Alcohol and drug abuse are more common in older people than most people realize. Because many people are unfamiliar with drug abuse with the elderly, they are often overlooked and missed during routine medical examinations. In addition, many older ones are prescribed prescription drugs. According to the National Institutes of Health, drug abuse is usually caused by a person with a mental illness or by taking another patient's prescription because they cannot control themselves.

 8. Constipation and bladder control

 Both constipation and constipation are common in older people and can negatively affect their quality of life. In addition to these age-related changes, the underlying problems, such as malnutrition and serious health problems, can be side effects. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and getting regular exercise can all help prevent some health problems in older people. Treatment methods are often effective, and older people should not be ashamed to discuss it with their doctors.

 Source - https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/10-common-elderly-health-issues/

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