As we age, there can be many illnesses that become more prevalent or must be addressed differently than when we were younger. Seniors can be particularly susceptible to certain illnesses or may require specific medical care due to their advanced age and immune systems. At MyCareMatch, our goal is to keep you informed to better understand senior related illnesses, so that you and your family members can stay healthy and better manage any illnesses that may develop. While we offer our information as a starting point in your research, it’s important that you connect with a health care professional promptly regarding any health care or illness related concerns. 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that affects an estimated 5 million people over the age of 65 in the United States, according to the National Institute on Aging.  Considered the 6th leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s gradually destroys memory and other critical brain functions and is the most common form of dementia among the elderly.

Arthritis

Considered to be the leading cause of disability in the United States, Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which affects the synovial tissues around the joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.  Common among older adults, Rheumatoid Arthritis leads to chronic pain and swelling as the body’s immune system mistakes its own tissues as foreign invaders.

Cancer

Cancer includes many different diseases affecting different parts of the body and the likelihood of developing cancer increases with age.  Some of the most common types among seniors include lung cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer.

Cardiovascular Disease

There are a number of different types of cardiovascular diseases that affect seniors, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke, heart valve problems, arteriosclerosis, and congenital heart disease. Heart diseases are considered the most life-threatening conditions for adults over 65, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diabetes

The risk for Type 2 Diabetes, in which blood glucose levels are too high and the body does not make enough insulin to carry the glucose to your cells, increases as you age. Learn how to identify and address diabetes as early as possible.

Mental Health

There are a variety of mental health conditions that can become increasingly acute as seniors age. Learn more about depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and more, and what can be done to address this issues for seniors.  

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects many seniors, especially older women, in which bones become weakened and thinned. Sometimes the disease can go unnoticed until a fall leads to easily broken bones, which is why it’s important to learn more about the risks of Osteoporosis.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease often sets in after the age of 60 and is a brain disorder that causes stiffness, shaking and creates difficulty with balance, coordination and walking. Find out more about the signs of Parkinson’s disease and how to address the condition.

Respiratory Diseases and Conditions

Some of the most common respiratory diseases, or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, among seniors include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Learn more about one of the leading causes of death for adults over the age of 65, according to the CDC.

Vision and Hearing Loss

As seniors age, the chances for ear and eye-related conditions can increase. Learn more about age-related vision impairments such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, as well as hearing impairments that can affect seniors.

 

[1] http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet

[2] http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-facts/understanding-arthritis.php

[3] http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/older-adults/aging-and-cancer

[4] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf

[5] http://nihseniorhealth.gov/diabetes/diabetesdefined/01.html

[6] http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/mental_health.pdf

[7] http://nihseniorhealth.gov/osteoporosis/whatisosteoporosis/01.html

[8] http://nihseniorhealth.gov/parkinsonsdisease/whatisparkinsonsdisease/01.html

[9] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/01death.pdf

[10] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/02vision.pdf