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Top 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Jul 29, 2017 by Tracy Kelley

Read about the most common health concerns for adults over 65.

In my latest column in Central Florida Doctor, I discussed the top three health concerns for seniors. Knowing what leading health concerns affect seniors the most is a good way to take action against those health concerns as much as possible. See the other top health concerns for seniors.

Additional Health Concerns for Seniors

The top most common health issues for senior adults are, in order, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Obviously, these are not the only health issues that affect seniors. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these health concerns are the top 15 most common health concerns for adults over the age of 65:

  1. Arthritis: This is the most common health concern faced by seniors.
  2. Heart Disease: This is the leading killer of adults over the age of 65, accounting for nearly 500,000 deaths in 2014.
  3. Cancer. The second leading killer of seniors, cancer claimed over 410,000 people in 2014.
  4. Respiratory Disease. Respiratory diseases like COPD is the third leading cause of death in seniors, causing the death of 124,693 people in 2014.
  5. Alzheimer’s Disease. This form of dementia claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 in 2014.
  6. Osteoporosis. This condition of brittle bones puts seniors at risk of fractures, breaks, and falls.
  7. Diabetes. Estimates by the CDC maintain 25 percent of adults over the age of 65 are living with diabetes.
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia. These infections are the eighth top cause of death in seniors.
  9. Falls. Statistics maintain that 2.5 million seniors are treated yearly in Emergency Rooms.
  10. Substance Abuse. Substance abuse affects one in five seniors.
  11. Obesity. Obesity causes and/or exacerbates many other health issues.
  12. Depression. It’s estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of seniors suffer from depression, which can affect physical health as well.
  13. Oral Health. Approximately one-quarter of seniors have no natural teeth.
  14. Poverty. Nearly 50 percent of seniors had incomes below the natural poverty level, making them vulnerable to issues concerning healthcare, housing, nutrition, and more.
  15. Shingles. This painful rash is caused by the pathogen responsible for chicken pox, and it’s estimated that one in three adults over the age of 60 will deal with it, even though there is a vaccine.

Being in the home healthcare industry, we know how valuable a caregiver or home health aide can be in helping your senior loved one to stay healthy. For more information about our team at Comfort Keepers, click here, or call us at 863-292-6199.

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