Healthy Aging with Chronic Conditions

On 06 August 2020 by Droobi

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For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle every day with health and safety challenges such as chronic disease, falls, and mental health issues—all of which can severely impact quality of life.

Chronic Disease
Majority of older adults have at least one or two chronic disease. Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—are the most popular and cause almost two-thirds of all deaths each year.
Diabetes affects 435.1 million of the older MENA population. An additional large number has undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes, which increases a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 


Falls
Globally, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult die from a fall.

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths. 
 

Mental Health
One in four older adults experiences some mental disorder including depression and anxiety disorders, and dementia. This number is expected to double by 2030.
Two-thirds of older adults with mental health problems do not receive the treatment they need. Current preventative services are extremely limited.


For Healthy Aging, use these tips to remain active and independent as long as possible

Eat Healthy: Make healthy choices- like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and water.

Move More, Sit Less: Being active can help you prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases; improve balance; reduce risk of falls; and improve brain health.

Stop Smoking: If you use tobacco, take the first step towards quitting- Don’t hesitate, ask for help.

Visit your doctor often: Visit your doctor for preventive services, not just when you are sick. We will share more about the check-up in next week’s blog. 
Know Your Risks: Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent chronic diseases or catch them early.
Stay Connected: Loneliness is harmful to your health. So, stay connected to your family, make friends, talk to your neighbours, volunteer or help someone in need. 

The second half of your life can bring some of your most rewarding decades. You gain confidence, wisdom, and patience. But you sure can grow older with your body and mind as healthy as they can possibly be.