Top 10 Heath Concerns

Research has shown that people who eat healthy, stay active and avoid tobacco use can significantly lower their risk of developing many of the chronic health conditions we often associate with aging.

Featured below are key pointers about the Top 10 health issues for baby boomers.

1)  Type  2  Diabetes

  • People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to  have heart disease or a stroke.
  • Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes.

3)  Cancer

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death among people age 65 and older.
  • Make healthy dietary choices, exercise, avoid tobacco products and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Screen as appropriate to detect cancer at early stages

5)  Eye  Problems

  • Untreated macular degeneration  is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. 
  • With treatment, the progression of the disease may be stopped or slowed.
  • Annual eye exams can help catch vision problems in their earliest stages.

7)  Osteoarthritis

  • Daily exercise such as walking, aquatic therapy and yoga can assist in maintaining joint flexibility
  • Maintaining a healthy weight is key in preventing excessive pressure on your joints 

9)  Flu/Pneumonia

  • Influenza and pneumonia and are among the top 10 causes of death for older adults.
  • Vaccinations are now widely available for both diseases and are usually covered by health insurance or available at a very low cost.

2)  Heart  Disease

  • Avoid tobacco use, control their blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Exercise and eat a low-fat, low-sodium diet to maintain a healthy body weight

4)  Depression

  • Depression is  NOT  a normal process of aging
  • Very important for you to accept that you need help.
  • Your primary care physician is a great start for help.

6) Alzheimer’s

  • Sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s disease is most common in people age 65 and older.
  • A close link between brain health and overall health of the heart and blood vessels
  • Avoid tobacco and eat a balanced diet
  • Regular physical activity can help maintain brain health.

8)  Osteoporosis

  • Tobacco and alcohol use earlier in life can increase risk, as can being underweight
  • Talk to your doctor about calcium supplements and other treatments that can help prevent osteoporosis.

10. “Sandwich Generation” Stress

  • In addition to caring for their own families, many boomers are caring for elderly parents.
  • It’s important to take care of yourself first
  • Make an effort to get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise regularly.