With age, every person should be conscious of their health and take steps to prevent current and possible issues from negatively affecting them. Unfortunately, there are a few health conditions that can be easily developed in your “golden years.” As you age, be mindful of a few health concerns that can be prevented, controlled, or slowed down.
- Heart Disease – For adults over the age of 65, heart disease is the leading killer in the United States. A person’s chances of developing heart disease increases with age, increased blood pressure, and increased cholesterol. To lower your risk, exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, and get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Diabetes – One-quarter of adults 65 and older are living with some form of diabetes, according to the CDC. Like heart disease, diabetes can be prevented with exercise, eating well, and getting enough rest. Seniors should also be having their blood tested with each doctor’s visit to check blood sugar levels.
- Unexpected Falls – While falling isn’t necessarily a condition, it is a health concern many seniors need to be aware of. With roughly 2.5 million seniors per year experiencing a fall, one-third of them will be back in the emergency room within that year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Take the proper steps to ensure that there are no rugs or items on the floor that can cause falls and that there are enough handrails nearby.
- Obesity – Being severely overweight is one of the worst things for you as it can lead to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory diseases, etc. Seniors who become overweight or obese can thank a poor diet and lack of exercise for these woes. Regular exercise (or physical therapy for those who have trouble exercising) and a well-balanced diet are both needed to combat obesity.
- Depression – Roughly one-fifth of adults over the age of 65 have experienced depression before. When a person is depressed, their immune system’s defense is lowered, making it harder to fight against certain illnesses. Seniors who feel depressed should look to participate in activities they enjoy, become more social with friends, and exercise more frequently.
With each and every year that passes, every person should make it a point to focus more on their health and how to keep improving it. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: