The world is over the edge. Since the beginning of recorded history, the world has never witnessed this demographical dilemma. Very soon, the number of people aged 65 or older will outnumber children under age 5. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Survey, by 2035, there will be 78.0 million people over 65 compared to 76.4 million people under 18. Improved health facilities resulting in increased life expectancy and declining fertility rates are all contributing to this change.
Keeping these numbers in mind, you would already know that older adults can experience medical conditions and need adequate care and support. Therefore, it becomes essential that you know some of the most common medical symptoms experienced by older adults. Below are 7 common symptoms that affect most of the elderly population, not just in the U.S. but also around the world.
Cardiovascular diseases (health conditions related to the heart and blood vessels) remain the most common cause of death among the older population. People over the age of 50 are at the risk of developing arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. These cardiovascular conditions are some of the most common causes of hospital visits among older adults.
The second most common chronic health condition is osteoarthritis. The condition is far more common among women as compared to men. Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of joint pain, reduced mobility, and increased physical dependence. While surgical joint replacement is a possible treatment option, it is quite expensive. Therefore, most people resort to pain management.
A health condition that is most common after 45 is Type 2 diabetes, also known as Diabetes Mellitus. It is an immune system disorder that does not allow the body to digest the food’s sugar. As a result, the blood sugar level remains elevated, damaging various other organs, nerve endings, and blood vessels in the long run. This damage to the body results in various health conditions such as kidney failure, blindness, stroke, and heart attack.
A sedentary lifestyle and dietary imbalances can further increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes among older adults.