It’s estimated that more than half of people over 65 have been told by a healthcare provider that they have arthritis. In fact, it’s the leading cause of disability in older Americans. Untreated, arthritis may only worsen, causing stiffness, inflammation and swelling in the affected area—it can also lead to pinched nerves and other more serious problems that hinder daily activities.
The risk of accidental falls and slips increases exponentially as you age—in fact, more than one in four older people fall every year, and less than half tell their doctor about it. This is even more troubling when you consider that falling even once doubles your chances of a repeat accident, and many falls cause a serious injury like broken bones, fractures, head injuries and more.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, osteoporosis affects one in four women age 65 and older—a drastic difference than the rate for men (one in 17). In fact, most don’t know they even have it until they break a bone. If untreated, osteoporosis can cause back pain, vertebrae issues, height loss, stooped posture and increased risk of bone fractures.
Fatigue or Energy Loss
In a 2015 study examining the causes of fatigue in adults over 65, researchers found 31 percent felt tired all the time. Although chronic fatigue and energy loss can greatly affect daily activity, social interactions and more, it can cause or facilitate poorer health, loss of function, loneliness, depression, poor sleep and decreased physical activity.
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Today we talked problems with the state of seniors’ health in America... this Thursday, it’s all about the solution!