The Health Problems Our Seniors Are Up Against Are you having a hard time with aging? You’re not alone. Many people struggle with getting older, and our senior population is only growing; the number of Americans over 65 is estimated to more than double—from 46 million to more than 98 million—by 2060. And while the average American life expectancy is higher than ever, we’re also sicker than ever. Here are just a few of the conditions older Americans are dealing with today.

Arthritis

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.

Fall-Induced Injury

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.

Osteoporosis

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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The Health Problems Our Seniors Are Up Against