Now more than ever, people are living longer lives. Unfortunately, the older people get, the more prone they become to a vast array of serious health problems. Some of the most common of these health problems include:
- Heart Disease
- Alzhemier's disease
- Hearing loss
- Oral health problems
- Overactive bladder
- Lung disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Eating diasorders
- Death and injury related to falls
- Death and injury related to motor vehicles
- Death and injury related to accidental fire
Fortunately, there are several strategies that can be taken by seniors to live longer and healthier lives.
- It is a proven fact that adopting a healthy lifestyle (which includes a healthy diet, physical exercise, and avoidance of tobacco) can reduce the risks of deterioration, chronic diseases, and various disabilities.
- Immunizations are important for reducing the risks of serious chronic diseases, such as influenza and pneumonia.
- Various simple steps can be taken for injury prevention, such as removing tripping hazards in the home and installing grab bars to reduce the risk of falling. Alert systems can also be implemented to send help quickly when accidents and injury occurs.
- Early detection of diseases is crucial for treating diseases early in their course before they become serious and life threatening.
Eventually, families and loved ones of senior citizens may consider intensive health care options to further ensure the healthy well being of their elderly loved ones, such as nursing homes. Financial assistance for senior health care is widely available, primarily by the Medicare program.