People aged 65 years old and above need to be extra careful with their bodies to ensure longevity and better quality of life. If you are a mature athlete at this stage or are nearing this phase, it’s important to consider taking preventive measures so that you can avoid, or at least minimize, the effects of illnesses.
After all, prevention is always better than cure.
What You Need to Look Out For
Studies found that these are some of the major chronic conditions in older people, and the percentage of persons aged 65 and above affected:
- Arthritis (45%-55%)
- Dental Problems (40%-60%)
- Hypertension (35%-45%)
- Heart Disease (30%-40%)
- Visual Problems (30%-40%)
- Osteoporosis (25%-60%)
- Hearing Problems (20%-35%)
- Depression (10%-20%)
- Vascular Disease (10%-20%)
- Functional Dependency (10%-15%)
Apart from chronic diseases, falls and slips are also major incidents to watch out for. Falls are the leading cause of injury in people 65 years old and older. In fact, 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
Complete Prevention Includes Environment
Just from looking at these numbers, it’s clear that diseases are quite varied. This emphasizes the need to maintain a healthy mind and body. This also means if we are aging, we must take preventive measures for all areas that we can cover.
This also means that while you are focusing on your health, you can take a more holistic approach to healthier aging by preparing your environment. Make your home more elderly friendly today. Evaluate areas that are potential causes or are conducive to falls or slips. It won’t hurt to keep separate funds for preventive health treatments as well.
Detect Diseases Early, Treat Diseases Early
Adopt the right mindset: knowing there’s a problem earlier means you can start looking for solutions sooner. In the case of older adults, that means undergoing tests to determine possible health problems. These are some of the most important tests you should undergo:
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone screening
- Blood pressure check
- Colorectal cancer exam
- Eye exam
- Periodontal exam
- Diabetes test
- Prostate cancer screening
Follow Advances in Health Technology and Treatments
A medical study published just a few years ago found that PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment works well in patients with knee osteoarthritis. “The PRP treatment showed positive effects in patients with knee OA. Operated and non-operated patients showed significant improvement by means of diminishing pain and improved symptoms and quality of life,” the study concluded. Stem cell treatment is showing positive results in retired professional athletes, too, including basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. Make sure you remain updated on these new methods. Ask your healthcare provider about it.
In conclusion, prevention is always better than cure. Take a holistic approach by preparing your environment and your body. Undergo tests as soon as possible and follow advances in treatments.