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12 Most Common Issues of Aging

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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6:31AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

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

10:59AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thanks

2:44AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks

6:53AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

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

9:26AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

thanks for the great info

3:55AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

great info

8:34PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

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.

12:36PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thanks. I'll know what to watch for.

11:27AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

And sometimes, its none of this; people just feel bad about being old.
I'm not sure I'm gonna LOVE being old, but I'll definitely be proud.

9:32AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

not one damn thing good about growing old.

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