Thanks to medical and scientific advancement, average life expectancy has increased, and more aged adults are able to live their golden years in comfort. However, prevention is always better than cure. Common illnesses and conditions are still prevalent, so it is extremely important to maintain the health of your body and brain. Here are some common health issues aged adults should watch out for.
Memory naturally deteriorates as you age, but some aged adults are at risk of an advanced form of cognitive impairment like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Not only are these conditions irreversible and progressive, but there is also more to them than forgetfulness and confusion. They erode the brain’s ability to think and remember clearly, and may render individuals unable to perform basic tasks. If you or your loved one may be displaying symptoms of cognitive impairment, seek a doctor’s evaluation.
As you age, your body’s rate of absorption of old bone tissue is faster than that of new bone tissue formation, causing your bones to shrink and weaken. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become extremely fragile and can easily break even while doing daily activities. You can alleviate concerns by asking your doctor to schedule you for a bone density test.
Incontinence and Constipation
Many aged adults are all too familiar with bathroom issues like incontinence and chronic constipation. Constipation, which is defined as having less than three bowel movements weekly with dry and hard stools, is often caused by a lack of fiber, dehydration, or a physically inactive lifestyle. Urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder cannot be controlled properly due to weakened pelvic muscles in women or enlarged prostate glands for men.
Age-related vision impairments like macular degeneration and glaucoma are common. Macular degeneration is the gradual process of the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail breaking down. Glaucoma is a condition in which fluid pressure in the eye is increased, leading to a damaged optic nerve. Symptoms may not present themselves, but they can cause the gradual loss of peripheral vision and, subsequently, direct vision. Glaucoma, if left unchecked, can lead to blindness. Make sure you go for regular eye check-ups with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Arthritis affects more than one out of every five people in the US, with almost one-third of those affected being over the age of 65. Arthritis develops when the fluid and cartilage in a joint become worn out, which can be painful and discomforting. The most prevalent form of arthritis in aged adults is osteoarthritis, which is caused by years of strain on the joints, particularly those in the hips, fingers, wrists, knees, and spine. Various arthritis treatments are available, so do not be afraid to consult your doctor.
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