Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Apr 27th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Health issues are among the top concerns of senior citizens according to the National Institute on Aging. The NIA offers a plethora of information on concerns ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to end of life issues to A-Z Health topics. SCJ relies on the NIA website for factual information about seniors that we all can trust.

Following are just a few of the topics available for perusal on their site:

  • Cognitive Decline: Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues are a big concern for seniors. We all experience some degree of memory loss; it’s a common phenomena as we age. Alzheimer’s is the dreaded one that we all fear, and we need to be able to recognize the early warning signs to find treatment as soon as it is diagnosed. We can’t ‘cure’ the disease yet, but we can slow it down.
  • Falling: Falls are the big bug-a-boo for seniors. If we don’t maintain a good exercise regimen and diet, we are at much higher risk for falling and injuring ourselves. It’s the most common cause of injury in seniors.
  • Cardiovascular Disease: The NIA says heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults over the age of 65. Common heart conditions like high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, need to be diagnosed and treated as soon as symptoms show up. Managing heart health is critical as we age.
  • Bone Health: Low bone mass is known as osteoporosis; 4 million adults over age 50 have low bone mass. And almost all adults over age 80 have some form of osteoarthritis. Again, a good exercise regimen and diet help keep these two issues at bay.
  • Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, the kind that develops as we age, is increasingly common in seniors. This disease needs to be treated and kept under control to ensure good health in seniors.
  • Vision Issues: There are three eye issues related to aging: macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. These diseases affect millions of us seniors, and seeing an optometrist or opthalmalogist is an important part of all seniors’ health plans.

Again, we do not suggest this is an exhaustive list… rather it is a highlighting of the more common health concerns among seniors. We all need to learn as much as we can about them, and be responsible for our lives and our health by having good medical attention when symptoms appear. Be sure to check out the NIA website for detailed information about senior citizen health concerns.

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