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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104 comments

Caitlin L
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you for posting

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Jan K
Jan S4 months ago

thanks for this

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Ruth S
Ruth S7 months ago

Thanks.

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELD7 months ago

tyfs

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Lesa D
Past Member 7 months ago

thank you...

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Gamaliel Radaza
Past Member 8 months ago

BE BEAUTIFUL EVERYDAY.
EVERYDAY KIREI

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

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

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Angela P.
Angie P4 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.

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Carol S.
Carol S5 years ago

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

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Melania Padilla
Melania P6 years ago

Thanks

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