Living longer is a great thing. Back, not so long ago, it seemed that people died at a much younger age then they do now. Living longer means that we can enjoy more time, particularly with our friends and family. However, advancing age does seem to have its drawbacks.
Our ageing population also seems to be a population that is struggling with several medical conditions. We have decided to look at the different health conditions that can come with advancing age.
Dementia is a progressive condition that affects your brain and how it works. The most obvious ways that it has an impact is how you think, reason and remember. Whilst dementia isn’t necessarily something that is part and parcel of growing old, the risk of developing it does increase with age. Those over 65 are at the highest risk of dementia, however it can occur even younger than this.
It is thought that as many as 40% of people who are over 50 in the UK have some type of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be frustrating and even dangerous if it develops to such a stage that you are having difficulty hearing the world around you. Hearing loss is often gradual, which means that the person may not notice it themselves, whilst their family and friends do.
Much like hearing loss, your eye health can also decrease as you age. There are several conditions that can develop as you become older, some of which can result in sight loss, or an increased need for glasses. It is vital that you take the time to arrange for eye tests as you age, as identifying eye issues is better to do sooner rather than later.
A rather embarrassing condition, incontinence can occur at any point in your life, however, it is much more common in the elderly. It is caused by an issue within either the bladder or the bowel and can have a huge impact on your everyday life, particularly if you feel the need to plan your day and your time around going to the toilet.
Also known as a silent disease, it is thought that as many as 3 million people throughout the UK have osteoporosis. However, they do not find out that they have the condition until they break a bone. Osteoporosis is a progressive condition and leads to fragile bones that are much more likely to break. It is particularly common in your wrist, hip and spine bones.
Depression can strike at any point in your life. But, it seems that it is becoming all too common in the elderly. There are a few reasons why this could be the case. Bereavement, loneliness, social isolation and several health conditions can all leave someone feeling less than positive about their future.
Whilst these conditions become more likely as we age, living longer is still a wonderful part of our modern lives. It allows us to see our children and our grandchildren grow and we relish the time that we do have for that little bit longer.