Top 5 Diseases Specific to Seniors
As we get older new health challenges are presented to us. Did you know that there are specific diseases most common in seniors?
Top 5 Diseases in Seniors
- Falling: Although not a specific disease, the elderly are more susceptible to falls, making them more likely to have health issues resulting from the fall. Always be aware of surroundings. Keep open spaces in the home for walking. Also, use medical devices such as a cane to aid in walking.
- Arthritis: According to the CDC, “Of people aged 65 years or older, 49.6% ever reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.” It is important to be proactive. Talk with your doctor and see if he can recommend a vitamin to help aid your joints. Walking in a pool can be helpful and light on your joints.
- Cancer: Cancer is more prevalent as we age. If you have any concerns, see your doctor. Catching cancers early is key in treatment!
- Diabetes: According to the American Diabetes Association, “The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors.”
- Alzheimer’s: Alz.org estimates that “5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.”
Last but not least, always be sure to seek help from a doctor if you have any concerns.
Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation.