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Information on Elderly People

by Carole Ann

Elderly people face a variety of issues as they age, related to health, emotions, finance and overall well-being. People are living longer which means these problems may be compounded over time. They may need support and guidance from their families in these areas if they wish to live independently.

Health

As you age, your health typically declines. Certain conditions are prevalent in the elderly, such as arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. Routine medical care is important to manage your health.

Emotional Concerns

Depression is a common problem among elderly people, and according to the National Institute of Mental Health, they are more likely to commit suicide. Treatment for depression is critical for the elderly.

Finances

Elderly people may have to manage on less income than when they were working. The added costs of medications can put a further strain on their budgets. They may also need assistance in managing their finances if they become forgetful and confused.

Relationships

According to an article by Edward P. Sabin in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, maintaining social relationships has a positive impact on the health and well-being of elderly people. Staying involved with friends and social activities is important.

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity, and can also improve mood and quality of life.

Long-Term Care

It may be necessary, at some point, to consider long-term care, such as assisted living or nursing home facilities, if your family is unable to manage your care.

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