Some Common Old Age Health Problems: How to Deal with Them


Many senior adults are likely to face significant health challenges that can trigger other issues. These conditions and illnesses can arise from various old age risk factors such as mental health, fitness, nutrition, and social activities. Common elderly illnesses and conditions are likely to cause common elderly illnesses related to mental health, malnutrition, cardiovascular health, mobility, etc. 

It is essential to adequately prepare for the elderly stage since it comes with various challenges, illnesses being one of them. With proper preparation and knowledge, you will likely prepare in advance or prevent the conditions from occurring. Whether enrolled in an adult care home or staying at home proper preparation is critical to extend their lifespan and help them avoid illnesses that can only worsen the elderly stage. Here are some illnesses you should know and how to prepare for them. 

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  1. Incontinence

As one approaches old age, one of the most noticeable challenges is incontinence caused by old age factors. Sometimes it may appear early, burdening the individuals and limiting their ability to associate freely with others. Incontinence in adults may be in two forms that are fecal and urinary, and can occur due to muscle relaxation in major areas, further worsening the situation.

Older patients are sometimes reluctant to seek help and are likely to spend life in hiding. Lucky for them, they do not have to deal with shame as they can rely on different adult incontinence products ideal for dealing with both types. They are integrated with anti-wick technology, high-quality materials, wetness indicators, and other aspects to boost quality.

These products make it easier to take care of adults since they can be used for varying duration up to 8 hours, making them suitable when they are asleep to protect beddings. Equally, they are available in different variations and types such as disposable, reusable, and different sizes and brands to meet all the elderly incontinence needs. 

Sometimes the medication may not be instantly effective or address the problem; hence adult diapers can help the elderly get through their day. 

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  1. Bone Health-Related Conditions

Women are likely to deal with osteoporosis through their menopausal stage, and to a certain extent, the effects will persist past menopause. It makes it difficult for them to move, engage in various activities, and lead a normal life. Due to the declining testosterone levels, the effects will likely be severe and create long-term effects. 

Women are thereby advised to undergo Testosterone therapy to boost testosterone levels to boost impacts on healthy bones and bone density. Experts also advise on the use of organic sources or plant sources of testosterone. One of the ideal organic sources is soy products, with higher inflavones contributing to bone density. 

The other common problem amongst nearly all adults is arthritis, a common challenge for both men and women. Elderlies are likely to suffer from different types of arthritis; however, they have the same symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, swelling, etc. It is one of the adverse challenges affecting adults; the effects are fast and can further affect mobility early enough.

Dealing with arthritis requires various activities; some should be part of the routine since their long-term effects are critical for bone health. One of the activities is regular exercises to boost bone and muscle health, further slowing down arthritis effects. 

Another routine is to always eat healthy and organic foods rich in calcium, sodium, and iron, ideal for boosting bone health and density. Before considering medical options, organic foods, and other routines should be a long-term strategy to prevent the condition even before its occurrence. 

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  1. Dementia

About 6.5 million adults in the United States are currently suffering from different forms of dementia form limited to adverse forms such as Alzheimer’s disease. The rates are higher, especially for those 65 years and above. It is much easier to identify the condition as one continuously loses track of their daily events, routine, and other daily tasks. 

The challenge with dementia is that once it begins, it worsens with time, and there are currently no definitive medical treatment conditions. However, there are various activities you can recommend to help them slow down the confusion and memory loss. Medicines can improve the condition and slow the process; however, long-term dependence on medicines can lead to other conditions, such as chemical accumulation in the body.

Confusion and forgetting minor details alone should not be the only symptom. Other symptoms include mood swings, social withdrawal, loss of interest, depression, and changes in habits such as sleeping patterns. Medical tests can further reveal other symptoms enabling instant and fast response. 

Ideal remedies for the condition or slowing down the process is to work on memory improvement tips. These tips include physical activities, mental health, social interaction, good sleeping patterns, and healthy eating habits. 

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  1. Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a common challenge for adults for different reasons, first is the issues with mental health, such as dementia which can lead to them forgetting about food. Without assisted living conditions and services, adults may sometimes find themselves lonely and isolated, making it difficult for them to eat comfortably. 

Adults are also likely to suffer from illnesses that impact diet and eating. It is imperative to ensure adults eat the proper balance diet to meet their nutritional needs, boost immunity and deal with various health conditions. Diet is an essential part of their healthy living hence the need for strict, structured, and diverse balance diet guidelines. 

To do so, you should enroll them in adult home care services, where one has to observe their nutritional habits. Alternatively, you can create a nutritional routine and create reminders to follow up with them to have all the necessary foods. Seek online or app-based dietary guidelines that can help you decide the proper nutrition for them. 

  1. High Blood Pressure 

About 46% of adults are likely to suffer from hypertension caused by various conditions, such as the difficulty of the blood moving through the blood vessels. As one ages, muscles relax, including the nerves leading to slow blood flow. 

Obesity, diabetes, kidney illnesses, and sleeping conditions can also lead to hypertension. Other risk factors include previous history of using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, and cocaine, lack of exercise, and race. Stress and lack of certain minerals due to poor diet can also lead to hypertension among adults. 

Therefore, the ideal prevention measure is to work against the risk factors; for instance, daily exercise can prevent hypertension caused by racial or hereditary factors. A good diet will provide all the needed nutrition and avoid risk factors and illnesses such as obesity and diabetes. 


Adulthood is challenging and likely filled with illnesses hence the need to focus on health. Adults are vulnerable to conditions such as incontinence, reduced workout levels, lack of a balanced diet, and old age illnesses. The most common conditions include dementia, hypertension, arthritis, bone health issues, etc. These conditions require frequent workouts, a good diet, improved mental health, etc.