Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: June 29, 2021
Category: Assisted Living | Residential Care

As our parents and loved one's age, there are many factors to consider regarding their health. Immunity, mobility, wellness, and cognitive ability are just a handful of areas that can affect common health issues that older folks experience.

Many people often choose to find a senior community where their loved one's health is constantly monitored and treated. In contrast, others choose to care for their loved ones at home, which sometimes results in overlooked common health issues. 

Below you'll find seven common health concerns and ways to address them, whether that's by a professional, caring team of experts in a senior care community or if you've taken on the task of caring for your loved one at home.

Arthritis

According to the CDC, 49.6 percent of all adults over the age of 65 experience arthritis. Additionally, women are at a higher risk for arthritis, and that increases as they age.

Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death among people 65 and older.

Dental issues

According to studies, one in five people over 65 have untreated tooth issues, and nearly 70 percent have gum disease.

Diabetes

Nearly 15 million adults age 65 and older have diabetes - that's almost 30 percent of that population.

Falls

It may be surprising, but every 11 seconds, a senior age 65 or older is treated in the emergency room for a fall.

Heart disease

According to the CDC, heart disease takes the lives of people age 65 and older more than any other ailment. 

Obesity

Nearly half, 40.2 percent of adults ages 65-74 are obese.

Shingles

Studies indicate that half of all cases of shingles occur in adults aged 60 and older and that a person is more likely to get shingles if they are 70 or older.

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Ways To Combat These Health Risks

Senior communities that offer skilled nursing are long-term care, and rehabilitation and therapy services can help your loved one handle common health issues with these simple lifestyle changes >>>

  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Medication management
  • Weight loss
  • Socialization

Whether it's a change in diet, a regular exercise program to help with weight loss or balance, or medication management, Maine Veterans' Homes has experts who are ready to help develop a care plan that's individual to your loved one.

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About Maine Veterans' Homes

The six Maine Veterans' Homes locations not only provide assisted living residential care and short-term skilled nursing care, but they also offer rehabilitation and therapy programs. MVH Bangor, especially, provides an extensive rehab program for both residents and non-residents. Download our MVH Guide to Rehab & Therapy >>>