Growing older is a natural part of life and a wonderful time to enjoy retirement, spend time with grandkids, and pursue beloved hobbies. However, the years after turning 65 are also often a time when many people have increased health concerns because certain parts of the body wear down with age.
This article provides an overview of some of the most common health concerns that seniors have and natural approaches to living well into your golden years.
Heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes, is the most common cause of death among people over age 65. It’s important to manage your cholesterol and blood pressure levels as preventative measures to avoid serious heart problems later in life. Eating heart-healthy foods and getting a little exercise every day can go a long way in preventing heart disease.
Alzheimer’s and dementia are far too common among older adults, which can be frustrating, disheartening, and even dangerous. Gingko biloba, mediation, and getting enough sleep are good ways to promote good brain health and memory.
Many seniors are prone to falls because of balance issues that affect older adults. Mobility constraints, weakened joints, and lower bone density can all lead to poor balance and falling in the home or in a public place. Practicing yoga and tai chi can help seniors maintain better balance with daily activities.
Osteoporosis and Other Joint Issues
Bone mass decreases with age and can lead to osteoporosis in older adults. Bones can break easier and take a long time to heal as result and at this stage of life. Other joint issues, such as arthritis, are also more common with age. Getting bone density scans early, eating calcium-rich foods, and doing weight-bearing exercises can help promote strong bones.
After heart disease, cancer is a leading cause of death among older adults. Preventative ways to approach this issue is to keep up with health screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and regular physical checkups.
The CDC has estimated that around of quarter of seniors have diabetes in America. However, you can get a handle on this common disease by getting your blood and blood sugar tested early so you can start making diet and lifestyle changes.
Hearing and Vision Loss
Unfortunately, a person’s vision and hearing will often decline with age as well. Macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts are common age-related vision issues, while seniors often must begin wearing hearing aids to communicate effectively. It’s recommended for seniors to get checkups every year or so for vision and hearing to catch issues early before they become major problems.
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