What are the top health challenges for seniors?

The top health challenges for seniors are falls, medication problems, dementia and depression. Falls are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in people 75 years and older. Maintaining strength with regular exercise or physical therapy, maintaining good vision and avoiding medications that cause dizziness can help avoid falls. To avoid fractures related to falls, make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D from your diet and supplements, and talk to your doctor about your individual risk of bone fractures.

Your doctor will review your medications and screen for possible dementia (memory loss, confusion) and depression. Also talk to your doctor about any problems controlling urination or bowel movements or any concerns about elder abuse or neglect.
Topping the health challenges for seniors are heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension alone affects 67 percent of those aged 60 and older. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and flu and pneumonia complete the seven chronic diseases that are the leading causes of death in older Americans.

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