Recent statistics indicate we are living longer, and if you do reach the age of 65, you can expect to live on average another 20 years. Furthermore according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41 percent of those over the age of 65 reports they are in very good or excellent health.
Experts recommend that older adults should be aware of chronic health conditions common to seniors and make lifestyle changes that may help stave off those diseases and improve their quality of life. Some of the things they suggest are to eat a healthy diet, stay physically active, quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight.
If you are already coping with a chronic medical condition, following those suggestions can help you to better manage your disease as well as improve your quality of life. Experts also recommend if you do not already have a geriatrician on your healthcare team, to add one, as they have a special understanding of the things seniors are going through.
The three most prevalent diseases affecting older adults in order are arthritis, heart disease cancer. The CDC estimates arthritis affects almost 50 percent of all adults over the age of 65, and can cause pain and a lower quality of life. While the disease can “discourage you from being active, it’s important to work with your doctor to develop a personalized activity plan that, along with other treatment, can help maintain senior health.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in adults over the age of 65, and an estimated 37 percent of men and 26 percent of women over 65 are afflicted with chronic heart disease. Doctors say it is important to exercise, eat well, get a good night’s sleep, and maintain a healthy weight in order to stave off heart disease or to better manage it.
Cancer is the next most common disease in seniors and the second leading cause of death in adults over the age of 65. CDC statistics show 28 percent of men and 21 percent of woman over 65 are living with cancer. It is a disease that if caught early, is often treatable so be sure to get routine screening such as colonoscopies, mammograms, and skin checks.
This blog is for informational purposes only. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.
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