Chronic Conditions That Afflict Adults Over 65

Chronic Conditions That Afflict Adults Over 65

We all know that, as we age, chronic health conditions can begin to pile on.  Here’s a list of ten common conditions (and an estimate of the percentage afflicted) that many adults over the age of 65 must deal with:

  1. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) - 58%
  2. High Cholesterol - 47%
  3. Arthritis - 31%
  4. Coronary Heart Disease - 29%
  5. Diabetes - 27%
  6. Chronic Kidney Disease - 18%
  7. Heart Failure - 14%
  8. Depression - 14%
  9. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia  - 11%
  10. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 11%

Eighty percent of adults age 65 and over have at least one of these conditions and sixty-eight percent have two or more.

Here are a few things you can do to help alleviate some of these medical issues:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Reduce stress
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Exercise/stay active
  5. Limit salt
  6. Get plenty of sleep
  7. Limit alcohol
  8. Eat more vegetables and less saturated and trans fats
  9. Take medications as prescribed
  10. Stay connected to other people

Living a long life is not as important as living a healthy life.  Your health is your responsibility!


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