12 Most Common Issues of Aging

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Q: What are some of the most common issues facing the elderly?

A: Thanks to new medications and surgical techniques, people are living longer. However, the body we had at 55 will be a very different body than the one we have at 75. Many issues, both genetic and environmental, affect how we age.

The most widespread condition affecting those 65 and older is coronary heart disease, followed by stroke, cancer, pneumonia and the flu. Accidents, especially falls that result in hip fractures, are also unfortunately common in the elderly.

A lot of our elders are coping with at least one of the following conditions, and many are dealing with two or more of the following:

As the body changes, other things to be aware of are:

  • A slowed reaction time, which is especially important when judging if a person can drive.
  • Thinner skin, which can lead to breakdowns and wounds that don’t heal quickly
  • A weakened immune system, which can make fighting off viruses, bacteria and diseases difficult
  • Diminished sense of taste or smell, especially for smokers, which can lead to diminished appetite and dehydration

The list can seem daunting. However, with proper care, elders have a life filled with joy.

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98 comments

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.1 years ago

The happier you are the more endorphins there are in your system, and that slows down the aging process.

Angela P.
Angie P.1 years ago

Thanks for the article. I think not being able to remember things without writing them down is something that has happened to me.

Carol S.
Carol S.2 years ago

Wow so much to look forward to....NOT!!!!

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Thanks

Jane Fox
Jane Fox3 years ago

Thanks

Arlene M. Baladi

We must ALL try to keep our bodies and minds as healthy as possible. Thank you for the article.

Ann B.
Ann B.3 years ago

thanks for the great info

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

great info

rita b.
Rita B.3 years ago

While changes certainly take place as we age a lot has to do with conditioning. Eating healthy, exercise social interaction all play an important role. I saw Pete Seeger on TV recently. At age 93 he is happy and fit and chops all the wood to warm his house.

It is also important not to be in denial when there is a problem like hearing loss, too many older people confuse the idea of independence with avoiding help even when getting the right type of help would actually enhance their independence not to mention happiness.

Patricia Corder
Patricia Corder3 years ago

Thanks. I'll know what to watch for.