As we age, staying healthy becomes more difficult. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80%
of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one.
What issues are we likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records:
1. High Blood Pressure
Nearly 60% of seniors have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, a condition that can lead to heart attack and strokes.
2. High Cholesterol
Nearly half of seniors are being treated for high cholesterol, a condition that leads to heart disease.
Nearly one-third of seniors, mostly women, suffer from the often-debilitating pain and stiffness of arthritis.
4. Coronary Heart Disease
Almost 30% of seniors have a narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart. Coronary Heart Disease can cause blood clots, and heart attacks.
Almost 30% of seniors have diabetes, a disease that can lead to kidney disease, heart disease,
and blindness. One’s chances of having diabetes increases after the age of 45.
6. Chronic Kidney Disease
Almost 20% of seniors suffer from loss of kidney function. The greatest risk factors for kidney disease are high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes, the Number 1 and Number 5 top chronic conditions, respectively. Chronic Kidney Disease can lead to heart disease or kidney failure.
7. Heart Failure
14% of seniors have heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood
to supply oxygen to the entire body.
14% of seniors are being treated for depression, though it is understood that many more are suffering. Depression, with its loss of interest and general feelings of sadness and hopelessness, dampens quality of life.
9. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
11% of seniors on Medicare are being treated for one or another form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. It should be noted that dementia is not normal aging, but a disease.
10. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
11% of seniors suffer with COPD, a condition that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Sound bleak? It shouldn’t. Most of these conditions can be treated with therapeutic life changes, such as exercise, stress management, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and alcohol, as well
as with medication.
If you or a loved one find that you are having difficulty managing your health conditions, you might find you can live your best life at Hamilton Grove Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center,
in Hamilton, NJ, with our world-class health staff and luxurious accommodations. Contact us at
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