The life expectancy in America is higher than ever before. After turning 65, the average American can expect to live for another 19.3 years. The key to living a long and happy life after 65 is keeping up your health so that you are able to stay active and doing the things that you love. Below are the five most common health concerns for seniors and ways to avoid or treat them.
Arthritis is the most common health concern for seniors over 65. The CDC estimates that 49.7% of seniors over 65 suffer from arthritis. Arthritis makes everyday activities harder to perform and can decrease quality of life. Work with your healthcare professional to come up with exercises that can help rehabilitate your joints and combat arthritis.
2. Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one killer of people over the age of 65 years old. It affects 37% of males and 26% of females, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. As people age, the risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, also increase. In order to combat these factors, it’s important to to eat right and exercise regularly. These are the best defenses against heart disease.
The CDC reports that 28% of men and 21% of women over 65 are living with cancer. It is the second leading cause of death in seniors. Many cancers are treatable and in order to catch them early it is necessary to get regular skin checks, mammograms, and colonoscopies. If you are living with cancer, then regular checks with your health care professionals to create a healthy senior living plan can help improve your quality of life.
4. Respiratory Diseases
Chronic lower respiratory diseases are the third leading cause of death in seniors over 65 years in age. Many people over 65 are also living with asthma and emphysema which can lead to a lower quality of life. By taking your prescribed medicines in the correct dosages and using your oxygen as instructed, you can gain a higher quality of life.
It is estimated that 1 in 9 seniors over 65 are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Because the disease is difficult to diagnose, however, it is difficult to know exactly how many people truly suffer from this disease. Alzheimer’s and dementia can cause people to have high levels of anxiety and disorientation. Our Memory Care facility at Renaissance does a great job of maintaining healthy diets and carefully planned schedules to minimize the anxiety and disorientation that people suffering from these diseases experience.
At Renaissance, we understand all of these conditions and have trained professionals that are able to combat symptoms and work to find cures to different problems the Members have.