5 Common Illnesses of Aging

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Dementia

Whilst Dementia is NOT a normal part of the ageing process, it is one of the most common illnesses that we face with an ageing population. In 2017 there were approximately 50 million people living with the disease, worldwide. Using the current trends as a guideline, this number is expected to reach 131.5 million in 2050. Being aware of the signs and symptoms Dementia and knowing that it is not a common part of the ageing process can allow friends, family and members of society the opportunity to 

 

 

How to Prevent It

Currently, there is no way of preventing Dementia. The disease is complex and as a result, researchers are still trying to discover how and why the disease occurs and evolves like it does.   What we do know is that is there has been significant research carried out which suggests that improving our lifestyles has a significant chance of reducing our risk of developing the disease. 

Simple ways to improve our lifestyle and therefore reduce our risk of Dementia include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • A healthy, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Minimal alcohol consumption
  • Smoking cessation
  • Keeping a healthy heart (there is a link between cardiovascular health i.e. elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, untreated arrhythmias and developing Dementia, particularly Vascular Dementia).

 

Read More: The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Depression

 

Depression is something that we all know and understand. Getting to grips with our mental health, breaking down barriers and removing the stigma is very much a trending topic in society today, but for some reason, this seems to stop when it comes to the older members of society. MentalHealth.org suggest that 22% of men and 28% of women over the age of 65, yet it is estimated that 85% of these people are not receiving any treatment from the NHS. Why is this? Is it because we don’t recognise the symptoms? Or is it because we don’t understand that the triggers, whilst similar in people of a younger age, manifest in different ways.  Once we reach retirement age, some people are ready to take a break from the long-term stressors that have been associated with working for so many years. In fact, some people are happy to give up the daily grind and may have plans to travel, expand their skill base or just spend time with family. However, some of our friends and family may have put off thinking about this time due to not wanting to give up work and not feeling like they are of retirement age. Sudden changes can bring about a change in feelings, perspective (especially as we may begin to feel like this is the beginning of the end of the road in our lives) and our ability to cope. 

Changes such as 

 

Do You Know the Signs of Depression in the Elderly?

 

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Coronary Heart Disease

 

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Stroke

 

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Diabetes

 

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