According to medical findings, staying physically active plays an important role in getting rid of health problems like cancers, diabetes and heart disease. It can also help improve mood and relieve depression. Inactivity normally accompanies advancing age and thus it is advisable to consider exercise programs. In addition, people are advised to eat healthy diets. To live healthy, it is important to consider eating foods that are rich in nutrients. It is equally important to avoid calories in sweets and candy. Some of the common health problems include:
· Overweight & obesity
If you are overweight or obese, your chances increase of dying from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, dyslipidemia & endometrial, respiratory problems, sleep apnea, stroke and osteoarthritis. Therefore, it is important to manage your weight by eating healthy and engaging in an exercise program.
· Mental health
Dementia is often caused by disease, vision & hearing problems, reactions to medications, infections, diabetes, nutritional imbalances and renal failure. Therefore, it is not the result of aging. There are different types of dementia, some being temporary and others being permanent. Once you are accurately diagnosed with Alzheimer, proper management and help follows. One of the most common mental health problems is depression. When left untreated, the condition can cause suicide.
· Substance abuse
The consumption of alcohol and drugs is referred to as substance abuse. Many people including the young and seniors often self-medicate using prescription and/or illegal drugs. This often leads to severe health consequences. Many of these people may consume alcohol and unknowingly or deliberately mix medications. Therefore, in order to get rid of possible health problems it is important for healthcare providers to find out from their patients whether they are consuming alcohol or taking drugs.
· Tobacco smoking
Stopping tobacco smoking can be considered one of the most effective ways of preventing illness as well as premature death. The use of tobacco is often referred to as “Tobacco dependence disease”. Smokers who choose to quit can achieve their goals, particularly if they choose to use the support of their healthcare provider.
Among the senior citizens, falling is the leading causes of injuries and hospital admissions, as well as deaths. According to statistics, 1 in every 3 seniors over the age of 65 falls every year. In order to reduce chances of injury exercise can help strengthen and improve the body’s balance. Furthermore, modifying the home can help reduce injuries.