Health Concerns

In the United States today, people can all expect to live longer than ever before. Many people are now living to be 80, 85, even 90. This is creating a larger community of seniors. Because of this, we as seniors need to be working on our health. Here are some of the top seniors health concerns:

1. Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading killer of adults over age 65, which accounted for over 489,722 deaths in 2014. Increasing risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

2. Arthritis

Many people over 65 have to contend with arthritis, up to 49.7 percent of seniors. This can lead to pain and a low quality of life. If this affects you, it’s important to come up with a plan with your doctor.

3. Respiratory disease

The third most common cause of death among people that are 65 and older is chronic lower respiratory disease. One example of this is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. One of the best ways to fight this is to get regular lung function tests, use oxygen as instructed, and take the recommended medications.

4. Cancer

According to the CDC, 28 percent of men and 21 percent of women that are over the age of 65 are living with cancer. Many types of cancer are treatable if caught early enough. This is why preventive screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies are so important.

5. Alzheimer’s Disease

In 2014, around 90,000 people over the age of 65 died of Alzheimer’s. Health experts also say that dementia and cognitive impairment is a major health issue for seniors.

6. Falls

As we age, the risk for falls that require emergency care increases. 2.5 million people aged 65 and older are treated in the emergency room for a fall each year. It’s important to make sure your home doesn’t have any hazardous areas.

7. Substance Abuse

Addiction is an issue for seniors, especially as seniors are being prescribed more and more prescription medications. This is something that all seniors need to be aware of and take precautions to watch out for.