Common Illnesses Facing the Elderly

Common Illnesses Facing the Elderly

When you get older, there are several ways you can manage the illnesses that may come your way. Being prepared and knowing how to manage symptoms can make you a lot more comfortable and increase health.

Arthritis

This is one of the most common problems older individuals face, sometimes even starting in the twenties. There are two common types of arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis targets the lining of the joints – it is an autoimmune disease that causes them to become swollen. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that is between the joints becomes broken down, causing stiffness and pain.

You can keep the onset of symptoms delayed by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Taking vitamins
  • Consuming fish oil supplements

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for individuals over 65 years of age. The CDC has collected data that more than 450,000 people died in 2013 due to heart disease. It affects men more than women and is common throughout all of humanity. The risk of heart disease becomes greater as you get older due to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess weight on the body. Heart disease can be prevented by eating healthy, exercising often, and managing your levels of stress.

Pneumonia & Influenza

Getting older can cause the immune system to become weaker and make your more vulnerable to infections. When this happens, a common cold can develop into pneumonia, which can be deadly. When you are over 65 years old, the lungs are not as strong and can become filled with fluids quickly. You cannot prevent this from happening, but you can try to lessen severe symptoms.

  • Exercise
  • Wash hands often
  • Get enough rest
  • Get vaccines
  • Visit an urgent care near you

If you experience severe problems, visit an Altus Emergency Center near you. Our ER in 77566 has an emergency room in Lake Jackson that is equipped with advanced technology that allows medical professionals to make accurate diagnoses and get the treatment needed to keep you healthy.

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