Seven Common Health Problems of Aging Seniors

By The Care Centers.

As people grow older, they deal with a number of different health problems that can affect their lives to varying degrees. Seniors may choose to enter nursing homes simply because these health problems get in the way of them taking care of themselves. However, in many cases, elderly individuals will be able to handle their own health with a little support from homecare or family members. If you are growing older or you have a loved one who is, it may help to know some of the most common problems that could arise. Then, you will have a better idea of whether or not you should start considering assisted living facilities. Here are the top seven medical issues that arise for seniors. 

  • Arthritis - This is a very common issue that arises in seniors. In fact, more than half of all people over the age of 65 will have some form of arthritis that affects their joints. It can lower quality of life and cause chronic pain. 
  • Heart Disease - This is the leading killer of seniors over the age of 65.  Even seniors who don’t have heart disease already will contend with a growing risk as they age due to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Seniors will need to especially look after their diet, and assisted living facilities can help with this. 
  • Cancer - Several types of cancer are very common in older individuals, including the following: 
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Prostate
  • Skin
  • Many of these types of cancer can be treatable if they are caught early enough. 
  • COPD - COPD stands for chronic lower respiratory disease and it is very common in elderly individuals. It can lead to other conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Seniors with COPD can take medication and use oxygen to live a healthier life. 
  • Alzheimer’s Disease - This form of dementia is common among seniors who are over the age of 65. It leads to cognitive impairment to the point that most diagnosed elderly individuals will need to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. 
  • Osteoporosis - Often, this bone disease can make elderly individuals more immobile because their bones are extremely brittle. A simple fall can lead to severe damage from breaks and fractures. 
  • Diabetes - More than a quarter of people over the age of 65 have type 2 diabetes, and they require regular blood tests as well as insulin injections to ensure their disease is controlled. If not controlled, then diabetes can lead to many different very severe complications. 

As people grow older, they will need to ensure they get the healthcare required. This includes dealing with these seven common medical conditions. Often, if these problems are too severe, then a senior will need to consider living in a nursing home or other type of facility. To learn more about specific health problems, see these articles on Alzheimer’s (Things to Know about Alzheimer’s) and dementia (The 10 Types of Dementia). If you are growing older, it is much better to be prepared in order to handle any health conditions that may come your way. 

Tags: Independent Living