Getting older brings many changes from a changing body to health challenges and beyond. Some of these changes can even impact your quality of life. Did you know as you get older your risk for heart disease and cognitive decline increases? This is why it’s so important to be aware of common health concerns, so you can take the proper steps to live longer and healthier.
Certain lifestyle choices, such as weight management and quitting smoking, can play an important role in improving your overall health. But that’s not all, you’ll also want to be mindful of your diet and ensure you’re getting regular exercise. These are just a few of the top best practices you can take to combat health concerns as you get older.
Twelve common health concerns (in no particular order) for seniors are…
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Risk of Falling
The risk of falling is a big health concern for seniors. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.” Even though many falls don’t cause serious injuries, one out of five falls will cause serious injuries, such as hip fractures.
The fear of falling can sometimes be such a concern that some older adults curtail their daily activities. But, you need to know that cutting back on activities because you’re afraid of falls isn’t the route to go. When you’re less active you become weaker, and in turn, put yourself at a higher risk for falling. If you’re concerned about falling be sure you speak with your medical professional to assess your risks.